WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University field hockey team dropped a defensive affair with WPI on Wednesday afternoon as the Engineers used an early first half marker to edge the Cougars, 1-0, at Granger Field in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
Score: Engineers 1, Cougars 0
Records: Clark University (8-9, 2-5 NEWMAC) | WPI (15-2, 5-2 NEWMAC)
How it Happened
Clark University fought hard throughout four quarters against one of the premier field hockey programs in New England to this point of the 2019 season. The Engineers controlled the shot total by a 13-6 margin.
Sophomore Grace Sawyer (Windham, Maine) played well between the pipes for the host, turning aside seven of the eight shots sent her way to lead the game. Ali Gannon matched on the opposite end of the field as the sophomore halted all four shots on goal from the Cougars to improve her season record to 14-2-0.
The action was centered in the middle of the field for the opening stanza, with WPI holding a slight 5-4 margin in shots attempted during the 15-minute session. Clark University was granted three short-corners during that time but were unable to capitalize due to strong defense in front of the cage from the Engineers.
Sawyer made the save of the game in the 11th minute as the netminder kept it scoreless, sprawling out to deny a shot from Abby O'Sullivan before fighting through a scrum to knock the ball out of the circle.
After the defensive opening frame, WPI net the eventual game-winner in the 19th minute as Katelyn Hess moved a pass to the circle in transition, connecting with O'Sullivan who jammed in her shot low and past the leg pad of Sawyer.
With the lead in their possession, the Engineers clamped down on the defensive end as the visitor allowed just two shots the remainder of the way to notch the 1-0 NEWMAC victory.
Clark University closes out the 2019 regular season on Saturday, November 2 when the Cougars host Smith College for a 1:30 pm NEWMAC clash at Granger Field. The game will be senior day where the team will honor the contributions of Julia D'Antonio (Ramsey, N.J.), Kaitlyn DeBlois (Turner, Maine) and Mikayla Pantano (East Bridgewater, Mass.).