Field Hockey Suffers Tough 4-3 Overtime Setback to WNE

Maggie Wigley

Worcester, MA --- Chelsea Hayes (Marstons Mills, MA) scored on a feed by Sarah Race (Cazenovia, NY) following a wild scramble in front of the net 11:08 into overtime as visiting Western New England stunned WPI 4-3 in a wildly entertaining non-conference field hockey contest on Tuesday afternoon.

The Golden Bears forced overtime after they were awarded a pair of penalty corners after regulation had expired. Jaynie Mueller (Colorado Springs, CO) capitalized on the second opportunity when she buried a rebound to extend the game to sudden death. In the extra frame Hayes sent the visitors home happy just after WPI's Madison Shugrue (Worcester, MA) saved the Engineers with a defensive save.

WPI had rallied from a 2-1 deficit with a pair of goals just over three minutes apart late in the contest. Stephanie Symecko (Cedar Knolls, NJ) knotted the score when she batted in a ball from fellow freshman Caroline Mazzola (Harvard, MA) at 59:19 before Maggie Wigley (Bridgewater, MA) again put WPI on top when she tapped the ball home off a scramble at 62.36.

The Engineers opened the scoring when Nicole Holmes (Plymouth, MA) hit a streaking Symecko down the right side. The rookie carried the ball to the top of the circle and hit Mercedes Kuzina (Concord, NH) in front of the net, who flicked it past the goalkeeper for her first goal of the season to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead.

Western New England leveled the contest right before the half as Race flicked home a pass from Lindsay Lalonde (Middlebury, VT) for a nifty goal just 1:09 before intermission. The Golden Bears went ahead 2-1 when Caitlin Foster (Hyde Park, NY) knocked home a rebound into the back of the net just 8:02 into the second half.

Senior Kaitlyn Hall (Pawtucket, RI) made 10 saves for WNE, including four in overtime. Classmate Laura Madaio (Paxton, MA) tallied two of the four Golden Bear defensive saves on the day. WPI netminder Liz Dufresne (Worcester, MA) registered six stops for the Engineers.

WPI is back in action Thursday when it hosts local rival Becker in a 7pm contest. Western New England opens Commonwealth Coast Conference play Saturday at 3:30pm when it travels to Biddeford, Maine to face University of New England.