Field Hockey Nabs NEWMAC Tournament Home Game by Defeating Clark 1-0

Kaitlyn Hess

WORCESTER, MA --- Junior Abby O'Sullivan's (Walpole, MA) stand-alone goal in the 19th minute proved to be enough as WPI went on the road and defeated Clark 1-0 in an important NEWMAC field hockey contest played Wednesday afternoon. 

With the win, the Engineers, ranked fifth in the most recent NCAA Division III New England regional rankings, advance to 15-2, 5-2 in the NEWMAC, and clinch the third seed and a home game in next week's NEWMAC Tournament.  Clark falls to 8-9 and 2-5 in conference play. 

The game started off very physical with both teams combining for a total of 19 fouls in the first period of play. The start of the second period remained just as physical, until O'Sullivan's goal, off a feed by Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH), pushed WPI ahead, allowing the Engineers to control the pace of the game. The goal was O'Sullivan's 20th goal of the season tying her with MIT's Paige Forester for the conference lead.

At 51:25 WPI goalie Ali Gannon (Fremont, NH) came up with a huge save when Clark's Abigail Cravinho (Bellow Falls, VT) received a nice pass in behind WPI's back line, leading to a one-on-one opportunity at net. With this save Gannon kept Clark's scoresheet at zero, while also clinching WPI's eighth shutout of the season.  The sophomore stopped four shots on the day while Clark goalkeeper Grace Sawyer (Windham, ME) posted seven saves.

WPI had the advantage in shots 13-6 and shots on goal 9-4 while the two teams split the eight penalty corners that were awarded.

Next up, WPI will host Mount Holyoke for the final game of the regular season, Saturday at 1pm.  Clark will stay home for their final game of the regular season versus Smith, Saturday at 1:30pm.

Story written by WPI Athletics Intern Christian Schneider