Sophomore Allison Jackson Scores Twice to Lead Field Hockey Past Westfield State, 4-3

Sophomore Allison Jackson Scores Twice to Lead Field Hockey Past Westfield State, 4-3

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.