Keene, NH --- Two goals and an assist from Abbey Powers (Halifax, MA) and an insurance score from Holly Mason (Plymouth, NH) was enough to sneak the WPI field hockey team past Keene State on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
Powers recorded the first two goals on the day while Mason's goal in the 53rd minute of action, which at the time gave WPI a two-goal lead, turned out to be the ultimate game-winner in the victory.
WPI (6-6) dominated from start to finish on offense finishing with 18 shots, including 14 on goal, and 17 penalty corners on the day. Keene (6-5) mustered out eight shots on the day, drawing just five penalty corners, but came within a goal of the Engineers.
Powers got things going with a pair of first period goals within 48 seconds of each other. Following a penalty corner, Powers put her first goal of the day in the net with some help from an Eve Martineau (Greene, ME) feed. Following another penalty corner, Powers netted her ninth goal of the season, backhanding in the goal after Hailey Patridge (Holderness, NH) blocked the initial penalty corner attack attempt to make it a 2-0 game after the first 15.
There was nothing doing in the second quarter, but Keene State evened the score in the third quarter with a pair of goals from Irini Stefanakos (Fitchburg, MA) and Molly Murray (Gorham, ME) in the 37th and 39th minutes to make it a 2-2 game.
Lauren Dishong (Milford, NH) gave the Engineers the lead 90 seconds later before the end of the period lifting a shot over the head of the outgoing goalkeeper to give WPI a one-goal advantage.
Mason put the Engineers up two in the 53rd minute of action. After a penalty corner, the team's 17th of the day, WPI rallied off three straight shots, the first two saved by Keene State's goalie Clara Gorman (Stratham, NH) and the third sneaking by for the two-goal lead.
Keene State got one back in the 55th minute of action, but could not get any closer as a shot on goal just seconds later was saved by WPI's netminder Nini Acquista (Longmeadow, MA) as WPI was able to stave off the Owls for the win.
Acquista staved off three shots and allowed three goals on the day while Gorman made 10 saves and allowed four goals in the outing.
WPI is back at it next Saturday, Oct. 15 when they travel to Smith College at 11am when they return to conference action. Keene State will be back at it on Tuesday, Oct. 11 when they travel to face Fitchburg State at 4pm.