WPI Field Hockey Nipped by Cross Town Foe Worcester State 2-1

Abbey Powers Rachel Drasser - WPI Field Hockey 2022

WORCESTER -- Molly Cutting (Auburn, MA) collected a goal and an assist as the Worcester State field hockey team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to upend visiting WPI in a non-conference field hockey match-up played Thursday evening on John Coughlin Memorial Field. 

With the result, the Lancers push above the .500 mark with a 4-3 record while the Engineers slip 3-5 on the season. 

Following a scoreless first quarter that saw the hosts hold a 5-3 edge in shots, it was WPI that opened the scoring 4:52 into the second stanza when the Crimson and Gray turned a penalty corner into shots from Lauren Meinhold (Boxboro, MA) and Eliza Dutson (Woodstock, CT) that led a penalty stroke bring awarded.   Dutson stepped forward and calmly deposited the ball into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season and 21st of her career.  The junior now has three successful strokes this season and seven over her first two seasons on Boynton Hill. 

The Lancers evened the contest on goal also following a corner.  Cutting delivered her fourth goal of the season at 26:40 to forge a 1-1 tie going into the half.  Worcester State seized the advantage 57 seconds into the third quarter when Cutting found Zoe Athanasopoulos (Hopedale, MA) for her third marker of 2022. 

WPI had the better of the action in the fourth quarter, outshooting the hosts 8-3 and drawing six of the frame's seven penalty corners, but were unable to put in the equalizer.  The Engineers got a penalty stroke midway through the final frame but it was save edby WSU netminder Madison Ferrara (Somerset, MA) and the hosts withstood four additional corners and six more shots the rest of the way to secure the win.  

Ferrara notched a career-best 14 stops while WPI goalkeeper Nini Acquista (Longmeadow, MA) turned away eight shots for the Engineers.  For the game, the guests held 21-13 edge in shots and a hearty 16-3 advantage in corners. 

Both teams are back in action with conference contests on Saturday.  WPI travels to Mount Holyoke for a noon NEWMAC affair while the Lancers ventures up I-190 to face Fitchburg State in a 4pm Little East Conference tilt.