Worcester, MA --- WPI senior Chris Ciampa (Danvers, MA) netted a tournament record four goals as he propelled the Engineers to a 5-0 triumph over Becker in the opening round of the Worcester City Tournament this evening at Coughlin Field.
The Boynton Hillers (1-0) square off with Worcester State at home in an attempt to defend their crown from last season on Sunday at high noon. The Hawks (0-1) take on Clark later at 2:30pm, which will also be played at Alumni Field.
In earlier action, the Lancers and the Cougars drew to a 1-1 tie in double overtime.
Ciampa got the Crimson and Gray started when he hit home an unassisted tally from 20 yards out on a free kick in the eighth minute. His second goal of the contest came nearly three minutes later on a penalty kick to help WPI stake the early 2-0 advantage.
In the 18th minute, Ciampa turned in a natural hat trick on a rebounded header by junior Eric Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, CT).
Freshman Nate Peterson (Mashpee, MA) potted his first collegiate marker in the 39th minute off of a corner kick from classmate Scott Spear (Rochester, NY). Spear also picked up his first career point with the long-range assist.
Ciampa helped the Engineers close out the scoring in the 72nd minute on a breakaway as he received some help from Crevoiserat, who sent a middle cross to the right side of the field.
Becker's lone chance to break into the scoring column came in the 24th minute when Jose Galvez-Lovo (Nashua, NH) hit a floater that was wide to the left.
With his four goals this evening Ciampa now has 27 in his career while he also established a new tournament record for points in a single contest (eight).
Fourth-year Tim MacDonald (Holden, MA) made 11 stops for the Hawks in the setback.
This evening's shutout marked the seventh time that WPI has blanked an opponent since the tournament restarted in 2008.
Release Courtesy of Worcester State Sports Information