LEICESTER, Mass. – Despite outshooting the visiting Pilgrims of New England College by a 13-8 margin, the Becker field hockey team was held to a nil score as they lost their first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) contest of the season by a score of 2-0 on Saturday.
October 6, 2018
Score: New England 2, Becker 0
Records: New England (4-7, 3-0 NECC) Becker (3-7, 1-1 NECC)
New England quickly reached the scoreboard as Audrey Carr (Weare, N.H.) and Brittany Tierney (Ottawa, Ontario) connected for the 1-0 lead. Carr received the ball just outside the circle. She drilled the ball up the middle and it found the stick of Tierney who took a shot on net, and it trickled past Becker's rookie keeper, Victoria Pilpel (Germantown, Md.).
10 minutes later, Becker saw a chance to score as the Hawks were awarded a penalty stroke. Junior midfielder, Amy Cooper (Monument, Colo.) stood in for the shot, but it was stopped by senior netminder Christine McNeil (Pawcatuck, Conn.) to preserve the Pilgrims' lead. Each team received a plethora of penalty corners throughout the remainder of the half, but both were unable to capitalize.
The second half, once again, had many penalty corner opportunities for each team. It wasn't until the last 30 seconds that New England College sealed the win with an insurance goal from Taylor Daileanes (Londonderry, N.H.) as she went down the middle and punched the ball into the back of the cage for the 2-0 score.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Tierney currently leads the conference in goals and points, as she posted her 13th tally of the season today.
- Cooper was Becker's shooting leader, as she marked three shots (2 SOG) in the loss.
- Becker College held a 13-8 shot advantage (8-4 in the first half).
- The Hawks were awarded 16 penalty corners, in comparison to the Pilgrims' eight.
- New England College's keeper, McNeil, recorded her first shutout of the season in a six-save performance.
- Becker's Pilpel suffered the loss as she stopped 4-of-6 shots on net.
The Hawks hit the road next week as they travel to Rivier on Thursday (Oct. 11) and Colby-Sawyer on Saturday (Oct. 13). The Pilgrims resume play on Wednesday (Oct. 10), hosting Regis in non-conference action.
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