Defense Pitches Shutout; Rauch and Dutson x2 Tally as WPI Field Hockey Downs Clark

Natalie Mohn and Kelly Makechnie - 2021 WPI Field Hockey

WORCESTER --- The WPI field hockey team put up one goal in each of the first three quarters en route to a 3-0 conference victory over crosstown rival Clark on Tuesday night. For the second-straight game Eliza Dutson (Woodstock, CT) netted a pair of goals to help lead the Engineers to their second-straight victory.  

With the win WPI improves to 9-4 overall in 2021 and 4-2 in conference action while Clark drops to 2-13 overall and remains winless in league play.  

WPI dominated on the offensive front finishing with 17 shots to Clark's 10. The Engineers also drew 12 penalty corners which set up a pair of goals, to Clark's 3.  

Abigail Rauch (Jackson, NJ) got things started for the Engineers in the 13th minute of action. On the team's third penalty corner of the game, Lauren Meinhold (Boxboro, MA) sent a shot inside that was rejected and immediately picked up by Rauch and skirted past the Clark goaltender Grace Sawyer (Windham, Maine) for the first goal of the game and her sixth of the season.  

Dutson made it a two-goal game with a goal before the half, her 13th of the year and third in the last two games. Dutson connected on her third penalty stroke goal of the season. After a breakaway attempt by Rauch, Rauch and Sawyer went head-to-head with some pushing and a foul was called on Sawyer. Dutson stepped up to the line and sent a shot dead center into the goal for the score.  

Dutson tabbed her second goal of the game in the third quarter aided by Kelly Makechnie (Hampton Falls, NH). After sending in a penalty corner attempt, the team's second-straight attempt, Dutson snuck just outside of the goal, received a perfect pass from Makechnie and flicked it back for her fifth multi-goal game of the year, and the second time in her young career that she has netted multiple goals in back-to-back games.  

Clark tried its hardest to erase the shutout in the final minutes of action but Nini Acquista (Longmeadow, MA) was solid in goal finishing with five saves on the night while also picking up her third shutout of the season in the win. Sawyer was tested all night and finished with seven saves, while allowing the three goals. 

WPI is back in action on Thursday night when they face off at Gordon at 7pm while Clark returns to the pitch Saturday afternoon against Babson at noon.