Worcester, Mass. – Host Clark University rebounded from its only loss of the season to post a wire-to-wire 3-1 win over Western New England in non-league field hockey action on Saturday morning. The win for the Scarlet and White pushes their overall record to 3-1 heading into next week where they will continue their homestand and open up league play.
Score: Clark University 3, Western New England 1
Records: Clark University 3-1, Western New England 1-3
Location: Granger Turf Field, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Cougars jumped on the board in the 11th minute when Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) was credited with her second marker of the year.
Things continued to go in the Scarlet and White's favor when Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) banged the back of the cage with her team-leading fifth tally of the season at 25:49.
Clark tacked on another marker almost immediately following Barksdale's score when on a penalty corner, Alyssa Williams (New Sharon, Maine) fed Mackey for her second of the afternoon, sending the Cougars into halftime with a commanding 3-0 lead.
Western New England ended Clark's dream of a shutout when Emily Antinozzi (Rye, N.H.) got free behind the Cougar defense and slotted home her team-leading fourth score of the year.
Mackey came up huge for Clark, providing an offensive punch to the Cougar attack. Her two goals in the win give her 34 for her career and marks the ninth time she has had more than one goal in a game in her career.
Williams is enjoying her senior campaign offensively. Counting her assist in today's win, she now has two helpers in her last four games after having just three assists in her first 38 contests.
Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.), meanwhile, after struggling somewhat in the season-opening win has had several strong contests in the games that has followed. While, she wasn't asked to do a great deal because of an excellent Cougar defense, she did make three saves and held the visitors off the board until the 61st minute.
Inside The Numbers:
Western New England held advantages in shots (13-5) and penalty corners (9-4).
She Said It:
"Today was a great team win," said head coach Callie Lekas. "I'm proud of how we bounced back after Thursday and came together with energy and intensity."
The Cougars return to action on Tuesday when they host UMass-Dartmouth at 7:00 p.m. For the Golden Bears, meanwhile, they are off until Wednesday when they open up CCC play with Roger Williams at home at 4:00 p.m.