Field Hockey Faces Setback to Lasell

Field Hockey Faces Setback to Lasell

THE BASICS

-Score: Lasell College 7, Clark University 4

-Records: Clark (6-7), Lasell (10-4)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)

-The Lead: Despite four second half goals for the Clark University field hockey team, the Lasers of Lasell College held on for the non-conference victory in Worcester, Mass. on Tuesday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-Just over six minutes into the first half Lasell got on the board on a tally from sophomore Megan Horrigan (Wakefield, Mass.). Senior Cailin Flannery (Medford, N.J.) carried the ball up the right side and crossed it to the left post where Horrigan was to push it in for the 1-0 advantage.

-20 minutes later the visitors struck again when junior Sam Taylor (Hanover, Mass.) sent an aerial pass to Flannery who dodged through Clark defenders and snuck the ball behind senior goalkeeper, Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.) for the 2-0 lead. The Lasers scored two more goals in the first half, both from Flannery, to carry a 4-0 lead into the halftime break. Senior Julia Franzik (Wallingford, Conn.) assisted on Flannery's second goal of the day before Taylor found her on the post to capitalize on a corner play.

-Two minutes into the second stanza Horrigan scored her second goal of the game and fifth goal of the season on another corner play and assist from Taylor (5-0). Three minutes later Franzik picked up a loose ball and dodged through the Clark defense to take Michaud on 1v1 and put the Laser ahead by 6.

-The visitors added one more goal in the 41st minute of play when sophomore Rebecca Duke (Ijamsville, Md.) picked up a rebound off the pads of Michaud and finished at the back of the net for the 7-0 advantage.

-The Cougars never let up and rallied for four second half goals. Things heated up for Clark in the 46th minute when sophomore Carden Maloney (Worcester, Mass.) sent a ball into the circle and her classmate Chase Collier (Lisbon, Maine) got a stick on it to deflect it up and into the net (7-1).

-10 minutes later Collier carried the ball up the right side and crossed it in to senior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) who swept the ball behind Lasell goalkeeper, Sofia Rodriguez (Peabody, Mass.) (7-2). 

-With 29 minutes on the clock the Cougars started peppering Rodriguez with shots and Collier found the ball on her stick in the scuffle and pushed it in as the hosts now trailed by just four. Clark was able to put away one more goal with two minutes on the clock when Barksdale tallied her second goal of the game and 16th of the season (7-4).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Lasell outshot Clark 21-14 overall (14-9 shots on goal) and just 11-8 in the second half.

-The visitors were awarded nine corners, seven of which were in the first half. The Cougars were awarded six corners, with five coming in the second stanza.

-Michaud made five saves in the setback and falls to 4-5 on the season. Freshman Grace Sawyer (Windham, Maine) came into the game for 28:29 of play and made two saves.

-Rodriguez made four saves in the victory for Lasell and improves to 6-1 on the season.

UP NEXT

-Clark travels across town to Worcester State University on Thursday, October 11th for a non-conference contest at 7:00 p.m.

-Lasell is back at home on the same day when they host Smith at 3:30 p.m.

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