Strong First Half Propels Field Hockey to 3-1 Victory Over Crosstown Rival Worcester St.

Mary-Lee Barboza

Worcester, MA --- Senior Danielle Antonellis (Duxbury, MA) along with freshman teammates Mary-Lee Barboza (Rochester, MA) and Libbi Richardson (Uxbridge, MA) all registered first-half tallies for WPI as they defeated Worcester State, 3-1, in non-conference play this evening at Coughlin Field. 

After a back and forth 10 minutes of play, WPI (7-1) was able to break the stalemate when Richardson netted her team-leading fifth goal of the season on a pass by senior Celena Dopart (Washington, DC) at the 14:01 mark. 

Antonellis tacked on the second goal five minutes later on a cross from the left by senior Paige Hanson (East Hartford, CT). Barboza would complete the rally with 5:53 remaining in the opening frame when she potted her first marker of the year off of a deflected save. 

The Lancers (4-2) came out aggressive in the second half as senior Sarah Cozzens (Lancaster, MA) scored on a breakaway when she took a feed from classmate Samantha Janda (Sterling, MA). 

WSU had a golden opportunity to threaten as the Engineers played a man down late in the second half, but it was the offense of the Crimson and Gray that kept the ball on the other side of the 50-yard line to help hold the Lancers to just one shot during the five minute penalty. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Liz Dufresne (Worcester, MA) stopped four shots for the Boynton Hillers in the triumph while junior net-minder Rebecca Mullen (Peabody, MA) made six saves in the setback. 

The Crimson and Gray outshot Worcester State, 15-9, while the Lancers held the edge in penalty corners, 8-6. 

Both schools will travel for non-conference tilts in their next ouing. Worcester State takes a trip down Route 9 to play local rival Becker at 4pm on Thursday, while WPI travels to Nichols a week from Wednesday at 7pm.

Release by Jim Sarkisian – Worcester State Sports Information Intern