Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Lasell College continued its hot start with a convincing 4-0 win over Clark University in non-league field hockey action on a sticky Thursday night. The win for the Lasers pushes their overall record to 3-0 and they have now outscored their opponents by a combined score of 9-1.
Score: Lasell College 4, Clark University 0
Records: Clark University 2-1, Lasell College 3-0
Location: Granger Turf Field, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Lasers scored two goals in each half enroute to the shutout win over the Scarlet and White in the first ever matchup between the two programs.
Samantha Taylor (Hanover, Mass.) got the scoring going in the opening minutes of the game when she deflected in a shot from Mindy Esposito (Sunderland, Mass.) off of a penalty corner.
Lasell doubled their advantage a little more than 20 minutes later when Brittany Fortier (Newport, Vt.) sent a pass from the top of the circle to her right where Cailin Flannery (Medford, N.J.) sent a rocket whizzing past Clark netminder Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.) for a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
A little less than 15 minutes into the second stanza the visitors were at it again when Taylor sent a cross to Izzy Contois (Conway, Mass.) who had her shot stopped by Michaud, but Taylor was there to scoop up the rebound and flick it up high into the cage at 49:11.
Julia Franzik (Wallingford, Conn.) wrapped up the scoring when she rattled the cage with 1:02 left to play off of a pass from Flannery.
Taylor finished with a pair of goals, including the first of the game and the first to open the second half to assert the Laser offense in each half.
Flannery, the reigning GNAC Rookie of the Year, who entered the contest without a goal so far this season, pushed her 18th career marker across and added an assist in the victory.
Michaud was strong in between the pipes for the Cougars, turning aside 11 shots – tying her career high.
What Else Happened?:
Clark had an excellent chance to tie the game in the 19th minute when Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) made her way into the circle but her shot was denied by a diving Denise Landry (New Milford, Conn.).
The Scarlet and White had two other great opportunities to score when backup netminder Nicole Andriani (West Creek, N.J.) was tested by Mackey and Anjelica Gonzalez (Merrimack, N.H.) but she was able to stop those attempts.
Clark has little time for rest as they continue their homestand with an early 11:00 a.m. start against Western New England on Saturday. The Lasers play on Saturday as well, hosting GNAC rival, Rivier at 12:00 p.m.