Worcester, Mass. – The nation's 20 th-ranked team, Mount Holyoke College, erupted for four first half goals en route to a convincing 6-1 win over Clark University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Granger Field.
With the win, the Lyons not only avenge last season's last second Cougar win, but rebound from their only loss of the season to improve to 9-1 overall. Clark, meanwhile, sees its four match win streak come to an end and now sit at 7-4.
It was the usual suspects for Mount Holyoke as their top two scorers – Diana Banmann (Hanover, Germany) and Kirsten Kilburn (North Branford, Conn.) - led their offensive attack. Banmann totaled her 15th and 16th goals of the year and Kilburn added two goals and her league-leading 11th and 12th assists.
Anna Hartman (Montpelier, Vt.) got the Lyons on the board first, however, as she deflected a pass from Kilburn over the left shoulder of Clark netminder Christine Tinsman (Prairie Village, Kan.) at 13:56.
Less than five minutes later, Banmann banged the back of the cage for her first of the day with help from Kilburn.
Banmann added another at 21:09 when she poked home a loose ball out in front of the net for a 3-0 Mount Holyoke advantage.
After setting up two goals, Kilburn notched her first score of the game with a blast from the top that made its way through some traffic and found the back of the goal at 29:13.
Clark finally got on the board in the 32nd minute when Talia Fish (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded her eighth goal in her last five games with an unassisted marker at 31:13.
Any thoughts of a second half Cougar comeback were quickly snuffed out when Charlotte Wagner (West Chester, Pa.) set up Kilburn at 51:17.
Banmann then helped close out the scoring by finding Julia Bell (Longmeadow, Mass.) for her second goal of the year in the 68th minute.
The Lyons used three goalkeepers in the contest with freshman Liz DiCesare (Westford, Mass.) playing the entire first half to pick up the victory.
Tinsman, meanwhile, turned back seven shots in taking the loss for the Cougars, who are now 0-2 in league play.
As you might expect, Mount Holyoke controlled the stat sheet, holding a 13-6 edge in shots and a 13-4 advantage in penalty corners.
The Lyons will play their next two games on the road beginning with a 4:30 p.m. meeting with Smith on Tuesday.
Clark will be back in action on Tuesday as well, when they hit the road for a 7:00 p.m. meeting at WPI.