Powers' First Career Goal Sends Field Hockey to Dramatic Victory Against Wesleyan

Abbey Powers - WPI Field Hockey 2022

WORCESTER -- Lauren Meinhold​​​ (Boxboro, MA) and Abbey Powers (Halifax, MA) netted goals just over four minutes apart early in the fourth quarter to provide the WPI field hockey team a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind victory over visiting Wesleyan in a non-conference contest on a rainy Tuesday evening. 

The win marked the first of the season for the Engineers (1-2) while the Cardinals open their 2022 campaign with 0-1 ledger. 

Following a scoreless first quarter that featured the visitors tallying all three shots, Wesleyan dented the scoreboard 4:20 into the second frame when Diana Schwarz (Etna, NH) laid a pass to Georgia Adams (Andover, MA), who chipped it in the right side.  The guests accounted for all four shots of the second 15 minutes and were awarded both penalty corners of the opening half. 

The second half was a different story with the hosts enjoying a 7-3 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in penalty corners.  WPI nearly evened the match midway through the third when they had three consecutive penalty corners with shots following the third corner off the sticks of Samantha Robison (Wrentham, MA) and Eliza Dutson (Woodstock, CT) saved and blocked respectively.  

The Engineers evened the contest 24 seconds into the final quarter when Lauren Meinhold (Boxboro, MA blasted a shot from the top of the circle that ricocheted off a Wesleyan defender and into the back of the goal for her first goal of the season and third of her career.  Rookie Abbey Powers (Halifax, MA) made her first career goal a memorable one as she knocked home a rebound off a Dutson shot at 49:39 for what proved to be the game-winning tally.   

Nini Acquista (Longmeadow, MA) earned the win in between the pipes for the Boynton Hillers, making a pair of stops on the night while Audrey Pace (Los Gatos, CA) recorded three saves for the Cardinals.  

The guests outshot the Engineers 10-7 but the Crimson and Gray held a slim 5-4 edge in penalty corners.  Imani Ochieng (Pottstown, PA) and Adams led the offensive attack for Wesleyan with 3 shots each while Meinhold, Powers and Dutson all posted multiple shots for WPI. 

WPI closes out its brief two-game homestand on Saturday, entertaining Endicott at 1pm.  Wesleyan opens its home and NESCAC portion of its schedule on Saturday, hosting Colby at noon. 

Majority of release written by WPI student assistant Maya Vartabedian '24