Engineers surge past Field Hockey late

Emily Iacovelli

LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College field hockey team lost 6-1 to visiting Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Friday night at Alumni Field in a matchup of Worcester county rivals.

September 21, 2018
Alumni Field, Leicester
Score: WPI 6, Becker 1
Records: WPI (7-0) | Becker (2-4)

The first half saw WPI, off to their best start to the season since 1992, come down to the Becker end of the field again and again, repeatedly drawing fouls and penalty corners. Time and again, however, the Hawks answered the Engineers' challenge, turning them back. With 6:48 to go in the period, WPI was ready to break the stalemate when they were awarded a penalty stroke off a Becker foul. But WPI junior midfielder Paris Lopez (Smithfield, R.I. / Smithfield) was turned away by Becker freshman goalkeeper Baileigh Griese (Woodstock, N.Y. / Onteora) to keep the game scoreless. But just 40 seconds later, the Engineers finally broke through as freshman back Anne Davis (Sandwich, Mass. / Sandwich) recovered the ball in a scramble in front of the Hawks' net, scoring her first career goal. WPI went into halftime leading 1-0.

In the second half, the Engineers scored just 48 seconds in, as junior forward Bridget Sullivan (Wilmington, Mass. / Wilmington) recovered a put-back and put it in for her fifth goal of the season, putting the visitors up 2-0. Then with 24:11 to go in regulation, WPI was awarded another penalty stroke, and this one was put away over the right shoulder of the keeper by sophomore midfielder Emma Bennett (Hampstead, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy) as the Engineers went ahead 3-0.

The Hawks finally scored with 20:45 remaining as freshman midfielder Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury, Mass. / Shrewsbury) shot the ball towards the goal from 30 yards out, and had her cross redirected into the goal by fellow rookie freshman forward Emily Iacovelli (Northbridge, Mass. / Blackstone Valley Technical) for her team-leading third goal of the season.

Now leading just 3-1, WPI quickly scored two more in rapid succession, both courtesy of sophomore forward Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, Mass. / Walpole). The first came courtesy of a pass forward by sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, N.H. / Tilton School) while the second came off a cross from junior forward Carly Cidado (Easton, Mass. / Oliver Ames). O'Sullivan upped her team-leading season goal total to ten on the year.

• WPI outshot Becker on the night, 32-4.
• The Engineers also held a 19-2 advantage in corners.
• Griese finished the night with a career-high 15 saves, while WPI senior goalkeeper Karen Mushrall (Mariaville, Maine / John Baptist Memorial) played 63 minutes for the Engineers.
• O'Sullivan finished the night with a game-high nine shots while Becker junior midfielder Katherine Bernier (Dudley, Mass. / Shepherd Hill Regional) led the Hawks with two shots.
• The game was the first home event as part of Becker's 2018 Homecoming weekend.

The Hawks are back on the field on Tuesday when they travel to Dean College for a 3:00 p.m. game in New England Collegiate Conference action.

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