Captains DeLima, Ferrari and Labbe Power Golden Bears Past Host Wheelock, 7-1

Captains DeLima, Ferrari and Labbe Power Golden Bears Past Host Wheelock, 7-1

BOSTON--Team captains of seniors Kaitlyn Labbe and Katherine Ferrari and sophomore Brittany DeLima played pivotal roles on Tuesday as visiting Western New England breezed by Wheelock, 7-1, in non-conference field hockey action at The Winsor School, making first-year head coach Mary Clare Snediker's debut a successful one.

Labbe and Ferrari anchored a Golden Bears' defensive effort that permitted just nine shots on goal, while Ferrari also helped on offense by scoring two goals. DeLima also twice found the back of the cage.

Katie Frade spoiled the combined shutout bid of sophomore goalies Grace Trupe and Dominique Corveddu with an unassisted goal in the 16th minute, cutting Wheelock's deficit to 2-1 at the time. Trupe played the first 57 minutes, 27 seconds while making six saves, and Corveddu played the final 12:33 with two stops.

Sophomore Samantha Krumpholz gave the Golden Bears a 2-0 lead in the 16th minute with a penalty stroke tally. Sophomore Lauren Palmateer gave WNE a 4-1 lead at halftime.

Freshman Emily Antinozzi assisted on two second-half goals by DeLima and Ferrari in the 42nd and 50th minutes, respectively. Freshman Lana Felice rounded out the WNE scoring with her first career goal in the 53rd minute. Ferrari, Krumpholz and Palmateer--all listed as defenders--notched their first career goals tonight, too.

Western New England will make its Golden Bear Stadium debut on Wednesday, Sep. 9, against Pioneer Valley non-conference rival Westfield State, beginning a three-game homestand that also includes Clark (Sep. 12) and Springfield College (Sep. 17).