SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Sophomore Allison Jackson registered two goals and an assist to help power the Western New England field hockey team to a 4-3 home-opening victory Wednesday evening over Pioneer Valley non-conference rival Westfield State at Golden Bear Stadium. With the win, the Golden Bears start 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2005 and avenge a 5-0 loss to the Owls (1-1) in their last meeting in 2014.
Classmate Michelle Carlson also contributed to Western New England's cause with one goal off an assist from fellow sophomore Lauren Palmateer. Classmate Brittany DeLima, a tri-captain, scored a goal as well off an assist from Jackson from the right corner by beating the goalie on the low stick-side.
Holly Brouillette scored two goals for the Owls in the loss, one coming off of a lob from Marci Macsata and another from an unassisted drive into the back of the cage.
Jackson's pivotal role on the night began with the contest's first goal in the 8th minute. Senior tri-captain Katherine Ferrari drove down the middle and dished a 10-yard pass to Jackson in front of the cage. The second goal came from a penalty corner pass from freshman Lana Felice in the 61st minute for a 4-2 advantage.
Defense was the name of the game for the Golden Bears in the first half having a 2-0 shutout in part to the strong defensive effort from sophomore defender Samantha Krumpholz.
Westfield State had a chance to tie late in the game but the goal was canceled out due to an Owls foul. Senior midfielder Sabrina Lyesiuk stopped a possible WSU goal by preventing the drive with a steal with 10 seconds remaining to prevent overtime.
Sophomore goalie Grace Trupe had three saves for Western New England, earning the win (2-0). Megan Fountaine earned her first loss of the season giving up four goals with five saves.
Western New England will next face Clark University on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Golden Bear Stadium for the second of a three-game homestand.
March 29, 2016 Western New England Earns NFHCA Team Academic Award
November 5, 2015 Kevin Strobel & Grace Trupe Pick Up ECAC Weekly Honors
November 4, 2015 Brittany DeLima, Allison Jackson Earn All-CCC Field Hockey Accolades
November 2, 2015 Grace Trupe Earns CCC Defensive Player of the Week Honors
October 30, 2015 Field Hockey Shuts Out Roger Williams 3-0 in 2015 Finale
October 28, 2015 Endicott Rallies Past Field Hockey, 2-1
October 24, 2015 Big Second Half Sends Salve Regina to 5-0 Win Over Field Hockey
October 22, 2015 Mount Holyoke Tops Field Hockey, 5-1
October 20, 2015 Field Hockey Rides Fast Start to 5-0 Victory at Nichols
October 14, 2015 Brittany DeLima Lifts Field Hockey to 2-0 Victory at Gordon
September 15, 2015 Allison Jackson Earns Offensive Player of the Week Award in CCC Field Hockey