Worcester, Mass. – Host Worcester State scored three unanswered goals to erase an early deficit and the Lancers took a 3-2 decision over Worcester-city rival Clark University in non-league field hockey action on Thursday evening.
Score: Worcester State 3, Clark University 2
Records: Worcester State 8-4; Clark University 5-7
Location: Coughlin Field, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
All five goals of the contest were scored in the first half and the Cougars opened up with a 2-0 lead.
Five minutes into the game, Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) tallied the first goal of the game as she dribbled past Worcester's defensive line and struck the ball from the right side of the field to the left side of the cage for the 1-0 lead.
In the 18th minute, Barksdale was in the middle of it again as she pushed the ball to the front of the cage for Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.), who tipped it past Lancer goalkeeper, Kathryn Salemme (Acton, Mass.) for the 2-0 advantage.
The hosts started their three-goal in ten-minute barrage when Hayley Sutherland (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored on a penalty stroke at 21:59.
Just three minutes later, Jolane Thibault (Douglas, Mass.) dribbled through Clark's defenders on the right side, from where she was able to cross the ball just in front of the cage for Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) to knock in to knot the score at 2-2.
Worcester State's Olivia Antonelli (Westford, Mass.) put the Lancers on top for the first time of the contest at 31:13 on an assist from Morgan Cooper (Fitchburg, Mass.), which in turn, proved to be the game-winning goal for the Blue and Gold.
The Lancers dominated the offensive front at they held a 15-4 shot advantage over the Cougars, and were granted 10 penalty corners while the Cougars only seized one opportunity in the second half.
Haley Mahan (Bedford, N.H.) and Mackey each registered a defensive save on the evening, while Gaby Deangelis (Bayville, N.Y.) recorded five saves in a 70-minute performance. For the Lancers, Salemme earned the win as she marked two saves on the evening.
Clark is back in action on Saturday when they jump back into NEWMAC play with a home contest against MIT. The game is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m.