Golden Bears climb into tie for second place in CCC standings
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 12, 2016) – Junior forward Michelle Carlson (Hackettstown, N.J.) scored the go-ahead goal with 5:21 remaining in regulation, lifting the Western New England University field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Gordon College this evening in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at Golden Bear Stadium.
• Carlson finished with a team-high three shots on goal, the third of which proved to be the difference tonight. Her eight goals this season are tied for second on the team.
• Freshman forward Jacqueline Clark (Auburn, Mass.), who was named the CCC Rookie of the Week on Monday for the second time this fall, scored the opener for the Golden Bears in the 11th minute.
• Gordon freshman forward Sabrina Jandreau (Winslow, Maine) notched her seventh goal of the season late in the first half, the only score of the night for the Fighting Scots.
• Clark staked the Golden Bears to a 1-0 lead 10:33 into the contest, as she collected a rebound in front of the cage and stuffed it past Gordon junior goalie Shannon Hicks (Scarborough, Maine).
• The visitors pulled even at the 27:58 mark, when Jandreau potted the equalizer on a feed from sophomore forward Emily Allcroft (Haydenville, Mass.).
• The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the 65th minute, when sophomore midfielder Emily Antinozzi (Rye, N.Y.) sent in a cross from the right side and Carlson tapped it home at the back post.
• Western New England kept the pressure on Gordon late, recording two penalty corners and putting a shot on goal.
• Western New England's victory tonight gives the Golden Bears their first winning streak of the season. The triumph also puts them above .500 for the first time since their 9-1, season-opening win over Wheelock.
• Western New England outshot the Fighting Scots by a commanding 17-2 margin and held an 8-1 advantage in penalty corners.
• Golden Bears' junior goalkeeper Grace Trupe (Cardiff, Calif.) needed to make just one save in the win.
Western New England (7-6, 6-2 CCC) will be off until next Tuesday at 4 p.m., when the Golden Bears host CCC-leading UNE in a battle of two of the top teams in the conference. Gordon (5-8, 2-6 CCC) returns home to host Nichols on Saturday.