BOSTON, Mass.- The Becker College field hockey team defeated New England Collegiate Conference rival Wheelock College 4-1 at Winsor Field Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats close their best ever season with a 9-8 record (7-3 NECC) while the Hawks improve to 9-11 (8-2 NECC).
The visitors opened the scoring just over six minutes in when they earned a corner. Rookie midfield Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, Maine) played a ball to sophomore defender Amy Grenier (Westminster, Mass.) who ripped a shot past Wheelock's netminder.
The Wildcats responded a little over one minute later when they used their own corner to work the ball from junior midfield Courtney Scherer (Pawcatuck, Conn.) to Jen Ryan who threaded a ball on the left side of the net to sophomore forward Katie Frade (Dartmouth, Mass.). Frade made the most of the opportunity, burying her shot to knot the contest at 1-1.
Becker regained the lead at 16:32 when senior midfield Katherine DiMascio (Braintree, Mass.) drew Wheelock's keeper out of her crease and centered a ball for freshman midfield Jocelyn Lebel (Grafton, Mass.). Lebel finished into the open goal and the Hawks pulled away with two more in the second half.
The Wildcats' rookie goalie Cassidy Smith (South Berwick, Maine) made nine stops while the Hawks' senior keeper Gabrielle Gallo (Northport, N.Y.) saved 12 shots.
Both squads will compete in the NECC semifinals beginning on Wednesday, November 4th , times and locations to be announced.