Cougars Run Past Blazers, 5-0

Cougars Run Past Blazers, 5-0

Worcester, Mass. – Powered by an explosive offense and an extremely stingy defense, host Clark University posted its second shutout of the season with a 5-0 win over Elms College in non-league field hockey action on Thursday evening.

The Cougars got excellent offensive performances from a host of players as they moved to 3-2 on the season in advance of their first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Saturday against Babson.

Elms meanwhile, slips to 1-6, and after winning their first game of the year on Saturday, have now dropped back-to-back contests.

Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) got the ball rolling for Clark less than six minutes into the contest when she banged home her sixth marker of the year off of a feed from Kiah Murphy (Westport, Mass.).

A little more than ten minutes later, Mackey was at it again, collecting her second tally of the game with help from fellow freshman Isabelle Zoeckler (Madison, Conn.).

Things kept moving in favor of the Cougars in the second half as Erin O'Neil (Willington, Conn.) registered her second career goal off of a pass from Maria Manning (Manchester, N.H.) at 44:03.

Five minutes later the Scarlet and White moved the lead to 4-0 when Talia Fish (Philadelphia, Pa.) set up Zoeckler for her first collegiate goal.

Zoeckler then returned the favor, assisting on Fish's first score of the year to wrap up the scoring at 56:57.

The Cougars controlled the contest, holding an incredible 21-1 edge in shots and an 11-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Christine Tinsman (Prairie Village, Kan.) needed to make just one save in order to record her second shutout of the season.

Blazer netminder Samantha Alvino (Holtsville, N.Y.) was fantastic in goal for Elms, collecting 16 saves, several of which were of the diving variety.

Elms will host Vassar on Saturday, while the Cougars will face the Beavers in Dedham at Northeastern University's Solomon Field.

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