Worcester, MA --- Emily Pearce (Avon, CT) collected two goals and added an assist and Libbi Richardson (Uxbridge, MA) chipped in with a goal and an assist to spark WPI for a 4-1 triumph over visiting Union in a non-conference field hockey matchup on Saturday afternoon.
WPI (4-0) remains undefeated on the season while Union dips to 0-3.
Pearce got the Engineers rolling early when she collected a long pass from Danielle Antonellis (Duxbury, MA) on a breakaway, juked past the goalie and slipped the ball into the net just 3:13 into the contest. Pearce racked up her first-ever multiple scoring showing when she belted a feed by Richardson at 25:11 to extend the advantage.
WPI pushed the lead to 3-0 1:54 before halftime when Sasha Marokhovsky (Upton, MA) deflected a pass from Meghan Farrell (Philllipson, MA). The goal was Marokhovsky's second of the season and 16th of her standout career while Farrell was credited with her first career helper.
Union came out firing in the second half and got onto the board at 47:34 when Isabel Zellweger (Rye, NY) knocked home a rebound. Zellweger was a force for the Dutchwomen, taking six of the visitors 13 shots on the day.
The Crimson and Gray closed out the scoring with just over nine minutes remaining when Pearce fed Richardson, who knocked home her second tally of the year.
WPI goalkeeper Liz Dufresne (Worcester, MA) picked up her fourth win in as many outings this fall by making nine stops. Union netminder Mary McCune (Arlington, MA) turned away four shots for the Dutchwomen.
Union kept the pressure on throughout the game by enjoying a 13-9 edge in shots and a 10-4 bulge in penalty corners.
WPI beings its longest road trip of the season on Tuesday. The Engineers play their first of five straight contests away from the friendly confines on Alumni Field in Springfield at 7pm against Western New England. Union is off until Tuesday, September 20th when they host Williams at 6:30pm.
Portions of release written by sports information volunteer Brie Rawson