Balance Scoring, Solid Defense Carries Golden Bears Past Clark, 3-0, to Remain Unbeaten

Balance Scoring, Solid Defense Carries Golden Bears Past Clark, 3-0, to Remain Unbeaten

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Sophomore goalie Grace Trupe chalked up her first shutout in a Golden Bears uniform and five different teammates registered at least one point as the Western New England University field hockey team shut down visiting Clark University, 3-0, in non-conference action at Golden Bear Stadium on Saturday. Western New England improves to 3-0 after avenging a 3-2 loss to the Cougars in Worcester last year, while CU falls to 2-2 this fall.

Western New England notched its first shutout since Oct. 25, 2013, when it blanked Roger Williams. Trupe had to make three saves, but appreciated her backs' efforts of seniors Kaitlyn Labbe, Katherine Ferrari and sophomores Lauren Palmateer, Samantha Krumpholz in limiting Clark to just nine shots.

Palmateer gave the Golden Bears the only offense they would need with her second goal of the season by deflecting the ball over the diving goalie nine minutes into the game.

Sophomore Allison Jackson scored on a 15-yard pass from the left side by classmate Michelle Carlson to put WNE up 2-0 at the half.

Clark University goalie Christine Tinsman had three consecutive saves in a 10-second span from three shots from sophomore Brittany DeLima to start the second stanza.

Sophomore Jen Catuccio scored the only goal of the second half coming on a long pass by freshman Lana Felice at the 49:27 minute mark. In one motion, Catuccio turned to fire a shot into the lower-left corner of the cage after receiving the pass from Felice about 15 yards above the arc.

Lauren Mackey led the Cougars with three shots.

The Golden Bears will host crosstown rival Springfield College on Thursday at Golden Bear Stadium, starting at 4 p.m. to conclude a three-game homestand.