-Score: Clark University 2, Becker College
-Records: Clark (6-3), Becker (2-5)
-Location: Leicester, Mass. (Alumni Field)
-The Lead: The Clark University field hockey team earned their first shutout of the year in a 2-0 final at Becker College on Thursday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Just over nine minutes into play Clark got on the board first when they capitalized on a corner play. Senior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) inserted the ball to sophomore Cheyanne Zappala (Laconia, N.H.) at the top of the circle, Zappala fired a shot to the left post where Barksdale was to deflect it across the net to Chase Collier (Lisbon, Maine) and Collier muscled the ball to the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
-The Cougars outshot the Hawks 7-2 (3-0 on goal) in the first half and were awarded four corners while the hosts were awarded one. The one goal would be all they need to head into the break with the 1-0 advantage.
-Two minutes into the second half Becker saw a bid for a goal on a corner play but senior goalkeeper Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.) made a diving stop to hold onto the 1-0 lead.
-Seven minutes into the second half Clark struck again. Junior Mikayla Pantano (East Bridgewater, Mass.) dished the ball to her classmate Julia D'Antonio (Ramsey, N.J.) who drilled the ball past inside the left post for the 2-0 lead. That was all the Cougars would need as they took home the 2-0 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Becker edged Clark in shots 12-11 (5-4 on goal).
-Freshman Grace Sawyer (Windham, Maine) started in net for the Cougars and earned the victory to improve to 2-2 on the season. Michaud played the second half for Clark and made five saves to secure the shutout.
-Victoria Pilpel (Germantown, Md.) made two stops in net for Becker and drops to 0-2 this season.
-The visitors were awarded eight penalty corners while Becker was awarded six.
-Clark is back in conference action on Saturday, September 29th when they travel to Wellesley College for a contest at 11:00 a.m.
-Becker is back in action on Tuesday, October 2nd, when they travel to Elms College for a 7:00 p.m. game.