WORCESTER --- A two-goal game from Eliza Dutson (Woodstock, CT) boosted the WPI field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Smith Saturday afternoon. Duston netted her 12th and 13th goals of the season and earned fourth multi-goal effort of the season in the victory.
With the win, the Engineers improve to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC. Smith drops to 4-10 on the season and 2-4 in conference play.
Despite a scoreless first quarter, WPI dominated getting off four shots, three on goal. But Channy Cornell (Arlington, Texas) stood tall for the Pioneers in net to keep it scoreless after the first 15 minutes of action, with both teams heading into halftime still scoreless.
Dutson made it a 1-0 ballgame in favor of the Engineers in the 33rd minute of action. After inserting the penalty corner, Dutson corralled in the rebound of a Samantha Robison (Wrentham, MA) shot and sent it into the goal to give WPI the lead.
But just a couple minutes later, Smith evened the score at one-all when Grace Moorhead (Cranston, RI) also used a rebound to come away with a goal. After Victoria Mellow (San Diego, CA) made the initial shot on WPI goaltender Nini Acquista (Longmeadow, MA), Moorhead gathered the rebound and put it back for the game-tying goal.
Just before the end of the third quarter, Dutson added her second goal of the game (and quarter) to regain a 2-1 lead. After the initial insert was settled by Kelly Makechnie (Hampton Falls, NH) at the top of the circle, Makechnie saw an open Dutson by the left corner of the goal and set her up perfectly for the ultimate game-winner.
Despite a trio of shot attempts early in the fourth quarter, the Engineers were able to keep Smith off the board for the remainder of the game to come away with the win.
WPI outshot Smith 10-7 on the day, though both teams managed six shots on goal. The difference maker in the ball game were penalty corner goals, and WPI drew eight corner attempts to Smith's two.
Cornell made four stops in net for Smith, while Acquista was credited with five saves for the Engineers.
WPI is back on the field against crosstown rival Clark on Tuesday night at 7pm while Smith will also be back in action on Tuesday, but at 6pm at Amherst.