-Score: Clark University 5, Johnson & Wales University 1
-Records: Clark University (5-2), Johnson & Wales (1-4)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)
-The Lead: The Clark University field hockey team rallied off an overwhelming 27 shots in a 5-1 victory over the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales University on Thursday evening. Senior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) surpassed her 100 career points milestone with two goals and an assist in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark came of the gates strong and got on the board in the first minute of play. Junior Mikayla Pantano (East Bridgewater, Mass.) carried the ball into the circle on the right side and crossed the ball Barksdale was posted up in front of the Wildcat's goalkeeper, Claire Nolan (West Bridgewater, Mass.), to tip it up into the net for the 1-0 lead.
-The next 28 minutes of play remained scoreless but the Cougars held the offensive pressure. Barksdale carried the ball into the left side of the circle and used a backhand flip to get the ball to sophomore Chase Collier (Lisbon, Maine) who was on the right post to knock in the goal with 6:50 on the clock. The Cougars took the 2-0 lead heading into the halftime break.
-Two minutes into the second half the second half Clark struck again. On a corner play Barksdale inserted the ball to freshman Emma Boland (Redding, Conn.) at the top of the circle; Boland slipped the ball to sophomore Cheyanne Zappala (Laconia, N.H.) off her left shoulder and Zappala fired a shot passed the left side of Nolan (3-0).
-The Wildcats got on the board in the 50th minute of play when a Clark defensive clearing attempt was deflected off the stick of sophomore Kerrianne Fagan (Bellingham, Mass.) and landed on the stick of her classmate Rachel DeVore (Beltsville, Md.) who lifted the ball passed Clark freshman goalkeeper, Grace Sawyer (Windham, Maine) (3-1).
-Barksdale's second goal of the game and 10th goal of the season came in the 57th minute when she carried the ball inside the circle and slipped it behind Nolan for the 4-1 advantage.
-With under 10 minutes to play the Cougars secured one more goal on another corner play. This time the ball ended up on the stick of sophomore Ana Joyce (Hopkinton, Mass.) on the right post who buried her first goal of the season on an assist from freshman Erin Hynes (Uxbridge, Mass.) (5-1).
-JWU was awarded a corner with two minutes on the clock but the Clark defense was able to hold them off to take home the 5-1 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Sawyer earned her first collegiate victory, making six saves for Clark, to improve her recorded to 1-1.
-Nolan made 14 saves in the setback and falls to 0-3 on the season.
-Clark outshot JWU 27-9 (19-7 on goal).
-The Cougars were awarded 12 penalty corners to the Wildcat's one.
-Clark travels to Wheaton College on Saturday, September 22nd to take on the Lyons in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action at 12:00 p.m.
-JWU is back on the road on Saturday as they travel to Lasell College for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference game at noon.