Worcester, Mass. – Host Mount Holyoke scored four first half goals and never looked back, handing Clark University a 5-1 defeat in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon.
Game 1 Information
Score: Mount Holyoke 5, Clark University 1
Records: Clark University 5-5 (0-2 NEWMAC); Mount Holyoke 4-4 (1-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Turf & Track Complex, South Hadley, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Lyons got things going early in the opening stanza as junior midfielder Sophie Perekslis (Millerton, N.Y.) notched the first of her two tallies in the contest with Anna Ballou (South Deerfield, Mass.) earning the helper after feeding a shot into the middle circle.
The host were at it again on an outstanding individual effort by Charlotte Wagner (West Chester, Pa.). Corralling the ball in her own defensive zone, Wagner dribbled the ball up the right side of the field, ducking past multiple defenders. Crossing into the circle, Wagner sent a shot in on goal near the line, which dribbled in past Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.) at 14:28.
Another solid play aided the Lyons in their third tally at the 18:14 mark, as Wagner inserted on the penalty corner to the goalie's left. The ball went straight out to Colby Newsham (Harvard, Mass.), whose stick stop was immediately fired in on net by Mirjam Keochakian (Hamburg, Germany) for the 3-0 lead.
Mount Holyoke closed out the scoring in the first half at the 24:01 mark as Ballou cut into the mid-circle, lifting a pass to Wagner, who clipped it toward goal. The ball snuck in on the left side of the net, sending the Lyons into halftime with a 4-0 advantage.
After moving ahead 5-0 on Perekslis' second of the day, Clark finally got on the board at 58:08 when Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) sent a nice pass ahead to Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H). Dribbling into the zone, she went one-on-one with Ally Tessier (Coventry, R.I.), who dove left, allowing Mackey to lift the ball high and into the open cage.
News You Need:
Mount Holyoke owned a 21-5 advantage in shots and a 13-0 edge in penalty corners.
For Clark, Michaud stopped six shots over 47:01 before giving way to Gaby Deangelis (Bayville, N.Y.), who had three saves in the final 22:59. The Cougars also saw Haley Mahan (Bedford, N.H.) and Alyssa Williams (New Sharon, Maine) each post defensive saves.
Clark is back in action on Tuesday when they host league and Worcester-city rival WPI. The match begins at 7:00 p.m.