Chicopee, MA --- Freshman Chris Ciampa (Danvers, MA) netted a hat trick and classmate Jeff Wong (Long Hill, NJ) registered a shutout in his first collegiate game in goal to power WPI to a 3-0 victory over host Elms in a non-conference men's soccer contest played Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Engineers snap a four-game losing skid and improve to 4-5 while Elms dips to 0-8-1 on the season.
Ciampa unleashed a one-man scoring spree in the 18th minute as he tallied markers 43 seconds apart. He got the Engineers on the board at 17:16 when he buried a rebound by senior Mike Ford (Whitman, MA) and helped the Crimson and Gray double their advantage at 17:59 when Ford sent him in alone on net for a breakaway goal.
Ciampa concluded the scoring early in the second half as he scored off a pass from Kevin Ducharme (Bedford, NH) at 56:17. The freshman now has six goals on the season, tying him for second in the NEWMAC.
Wong turned away three shots while earning the win for WPI between the pipes. Kyle Powers (Hamilton, NJ) helped preserve the shutout by clearing a ball off the line in the 52nd minute. Ryan Sullivan (Agawam, MA) was strong in net for Elms, making 12 stops. Nzigamasa Jonathan (Springfield, MA) led the offensive charge for the Blazers with two shots.
WPI returns to NEWMAC action on Saturday morning, hosting Babson at 10am as part of Homecoming weekend. Elms also plays on Saturday, hosting Lesley at 3pm.