Worcester, Mass. – Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) scored the game-winning goal with less the eight minutes to play and Clark University rallied for a thrilling 6-5 win over Worcester-area rival Anna Maria in non-league field hockey action on Thursday afternoon.
The win for the Scarlet and White gives first-year head coach Callie Lekas her first career coaching victory and avenges the Cougars 3-2 double overtime loss to the AMCATS a season ago.
Score: Clark 6, Anna Maria 5
Records: Clark, 1-0; Anna Maria 0-1
Location: Granger Turf Complex, Worcester, Mass.
Kaitlyn Moran (Leicester, Mass.) pumped in four goals to lead the AMCAT attack, including two in a four minute span that gave the visitors a 3-1 lead midway through the first half.
Olivia Barksdale, who scored the game-winning goal, finished with three goals and an assist, kick starting what looks to be another standout campaign.
Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) finished the night with a goal and a career-high three assists.
Down 3-1 with less than 13 minutes to play in the first half, the Cougars scored four of the game's next five goals to take a 5-4 lead on a Barksdale rocket less than ten minutes into the second half.
She Said It:
"I am so proud of how the team played today," said Lekas. "To come back from being down two goals shows their resiliency and competitiveness. It's a great way to start and we're looking forward now to the next challenge."
What Else Happened:
Nicole Denver (Springfield, Mass.) opened up the game with her tally in the seventh minute, but Haley Mahan (Bedford, N.H.) knotted the score less than ten minutes later. Down 3-1, Clark was able to get even by intermission when Olivia Cotton (Northampton, Mass.) and Barksdale scored goals less than two minutes apart in the waning minutes of the first half.
Numbers Never Lie:
Clark held the lead on the stat sheet in shots (22-10) and penalty corners (14-5).
Clark is off until Tuesday when they visit another Worcester-area school, Nichols for a 7:00 p.m. start. The AMCATS meanwhile, start a three-game homestand on Saturday with a meeting against Colby-Sawyer.