Worth the Wait…Field Hockey Outlasts Springfield, Weather to Claim NEWMAC Opener

WPI Field Hockey 2021

WORCESTER -- The WPI field hockey team picked up its fifth-straight victory with a 2-0 win over Springfield College in its conference opener on Saturday night.  

With the win, WPI improves to 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in NEWMAC play while Springfield drops to 2-3 on the year and 0-1 in conference action.  

The shutout marked the third-straight for the Engineers and fourth of the season, putting the team in a tie for the most in the nation. WPI has held its opponents scoreless for 185:08 and counting.  

Both teams traded off a pair of shots in the first period, and a second period dominated by the Engineers featuring four shots and a trio of penalty corners, WPI was able to break through and get on the board early in the third quarter when Lauren Dishong (Milford, NH) netted her fourth goal of the season with some help from Rachel Drasser (Lunenburg, MA).  

Natalie Mohn (Huntington, VT) took an inbounding pass and got it into the circle, Drasser skirted along the baseline and dished a pass to an awaiting Dishong who beat the keeper to the left for the score. The goal was the fourth in the last four games for the senior. 

After a near-two hour weather delay prior to the start of the fourth quarter, the WPI offense continued to fire as the squad started things off with a penalty corner and a pair of shots. Springfield had an attempt to tie things up, but after its second penalty corner of the quarter, the WPI defense swarmed and after a couple of long passes down the field, Abigail Rauch (Jackson, NJ) streaked past the Springfield defense and the Springfield keeper and found the back of the net for the insurance goal. Eliza Dutson (Woodstock, CT) found Rauch up the right side of the field, setting her up perfectly for the score.  

Nini Acquista (Longmeadow, MA) picked up her fifth win of the year making three saves in the clean sheet. Lyndsey DeLasho (Croton on Hudson, NY) was tested seven times on the night, making five saves.  

The Engineers are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 22 when they play host to crosstown rival Worcester State at 7pm. Springfield gets back on the pitch at Trinity College on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6pm.