Weston, Mass. – Freshman Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) provided all the offense Clark University would need as the visiting Cougars defeated Regis College, 1-0, on Saturday morning in non-conference field hockey action.
Clark, which has won four of its last five games, improves to 6-3 with the win, while Regis falls to 2-8.
The Cougars came out firing as they took the first six shots of the contest and earned a pair of penalty corners through the first 16 minutes of play. With 13:54 on the clock, the Scarlet and White earned their third penalty corner of the day and made it count as Kellee Kosiorek (Enfield, N.H.) received a pass and fired the ball to the opposite post where Mackey tipped the ball past the Regis keeper for the early 1-0 lead.
The Cougars tried to tack on an insurance goal later in the period, but Raegan Heck was up to the task, ending the opening half with 12 saves and keeping it a one goal game headed into the intermission.
Regis put some offense together to start the second stanza as Christine O'Toole fired a shot on goal that was saved by Clark's Christine Tinsman (Prairie Village, Kan.). The Pride earned a penalty corner on the ensuing play, but could not find the back of the net as the score remained 1-0 in favor of the visitors with just over 30 minutes to play.
Clark had another chance to go up by two scores when Talia Fish (Philadelphia, Pa.) tried to go opposite post at the 26 minute mark, but Kasey Slattery was there for a defensive save before the ball crossed the goal line.
The Pride's best opportunity of the game came with 18 minutes remaining when Laurie DeMars had what appeared to be an open shot with Tinsman on the ground. DeMars fired the ball on net but Kosiorek made a defensive save of her own to preserve the one goal advantage. Regis had a pair of corner opportunities over the final eight-plus minutes, but could not get a shot on net as Clark held on for the 1-0 victory.
Clark outshot the Pride at a 19-4 clip and held a 9-5 advantage in penalty corners. Tinsman picked up her sixth win of the season, including her third shutout in net while making two saves. Heck turned away 14 shots on the day, allowing only the one goal.
The Cougars go for its fourth-straight win on Tuesday when the Cougars host Wheelock College at 7:00 p.m.