Score: Wellesley College 4, Clark University 0
Records: Clark University (5-5, NEWMAC 1-2), Wellesley College (5-4, NEWMAC 2-1)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field Hockey Complex)
The Lead: A three goal first half for the visiting Blue of Wellesley College lifted them to a final 4-0 victory over the Cougars of Clark University on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. Prior to the game the Cougars recognized three graduating seniors on their Senior Day: Anjelica Gonzalez (Merrimack, N.H.), Liz Grady (Worcester, Mass.) and Haley Mahan (Bedford, N.H.).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
-The Wellesley Blue scored three first half goals to set the tone for their final 4-0 victory.
-The Blue hopped on the board early in the first half with a goal from Emmy Hamilton (New York, New York) in the 3rd minute of play on a penalty corner opportunity (1-0).
-Arielle Mitropoulos scored Wellesley's second goal of the day as she fought through the Cougar defense and pushed the ball past Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.) for the 2-0 lead.
-With under three minutes to play in the half the Blue extended their lead to 3-0. Junior Rachel Hwang (Campbell, Calif.) took a shot that was initially saved by Michaud but she recovered her own rebound and lifted the ball to the back of the net.
-Wellesley outshot the Cougars 16 to two in the first half to lead them into the halftime break with the 3-0 lead.
-The second half remained scoreless for the first 30 minutes of play as the Cougars and the Blue battled it out at both ends of the field.
-Wellesley was able to notch one more goal before time expired as first year Julia Ellman (Guilford, Conn.) tallied her first collegiate goal, unassisted, for the final 4-0 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
-The Blue outshot the Cougars 25 to six, with the Cougar defense stepping up and only allowing nine shots in the second half.
-Clark was awarded just one penalty corner while Wellesley was given 12 penalty corner opportunities.
-Michaud posted an outstanding 10 saves in net for the home team and falls to 4-5 this season.
-Freshman goalkeeper, Janelle Sullivan (Philadelphia, Penn.) earned the win in net for Wellesley posting four saves. She is now 2-3 this season.
-The Cougars are back in NEWMAC action on Tuesday, October 3rd as they host the Engineers of WPI at the Granger Field Hockey Complex at 6:00 p.m.
-Wellesley hosts Babson College in NEWMAC action on the same day starting at 4:00 p.m.