Newport, RI --- Senior Lauren Dishong (Milford, NH) scored three times, including what would end up being the game-winner, as the WPI field hockey team collected an 8-3 victory over Salve Regina in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Gaudet Field.
The Engineers have earned back to back wins as they improve to 7-2 on the year, while Salve Regina (6-3) has now dropped two straight.
Dishong opened her account less than a minute in with an unassisted goal that set off a flurry of scoring before four minutes had elapsed. Salve took the lead with two goals just six seconds apart, unassisted tallies by Eliza Timms (Agawam, MA) and Hannah Bedrosian (Seekonk, MA), but Dishong scored again three minutes later and the first stanza ended with the teams tied at 2.
Things settled down in the second – the only goal was notched by WPI's Eliza Dutson (Woodstock, CT) on an assist from Samantha Robison (Wrentham, MA), and WPI took a 3-2 lead to the break. Dutson extended her team lead with 11 goals now this year.
The third goal of the night from Dishong, who now has eight markers on the season, jump-started a 3-0 run to start the third quarter and put the game away for WPI.
Alexandra Wolf (Clinton, CT) and Robison added insurance goals in the fourth, with Kelly Makechnie (Hampton Falls, NH) picking up her second assist of the evening on Robison's goal to close out the scoring.
WPI held a 26-12 edge in shots, including a 21-7 advantage through the first three quarters. They also had 14 penalty corner opportunities, to just five for Salve.
Junior goalie MC Shea (Ewing, NJ) made three stops to earn her first win of the year (1-0) for WPI. Olivia Butler (Sandy Hook, CT) saved nine shots and was also aided by a defensive save for the hosts.
WPI will put their 2-0 NEWMAC record on the line on Saturday when they travel to Wellesley for an 11am conference contest.
The Seahawks also return to conference play. They will travel to Western New England next Friday evening for a 6pm game.