Mount Holyoke Outlasts Western New England, 3-1

Junior Jackie Clark scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season in Western New England's 3-1 loss to Mount Holyoke on Thursday night. (Photo by Chris Marion)
Junior Jackie Clark scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season in Western New England's 3-1 loss to Mount Holyoke on Thursday night. (Photo by Chris Marion)

Clark scores team-leading eighth goal of the season in second half

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 27, 2018) – The Western New England University field hockey team was edged by Mount Holyoke College, 3-1, on Thursday evening in non-conference action at Golden Bear Stadium.

Top Performers
Junior forward Jacqueline Clark (Auburn, Mass.) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season to lead the Golden Bears offensively.

Mount Holyoke freshman midfielder Margaret Robb (Summit, N.J.) paced the Lyons with a goal and an assist, while senior Kristina Ramsden (Florence, Mass.) and freshman Kylie Brooks (Oceanside, Calif.) also scored for the visitors.

Game Review
Mount Holyoke got off to a strong start with a goal off a penalty corner play just 1:01 into the contest. Ramsden took the corner and sent a pass to senior Colby Newsham (Harvard, Mass.), who fired a shot towards the cage. Western New England senior Dana Dufour (Gloucester, Mass.) made the save, but Ramsden tapped in the rebound at the near post to get the Lyons on the board.

The visitors nearly doubled their advantage at the 10:14 mark on a shot my senior Mirjam Keochakian (Hamburg, Germany), but Western New England senior Leah Kelemen (Bartlett, N.H.) came through with a defensive save to keep the Golden Bears' deficit at one.

Mount Holyoke was able to take a 2-0 lead at the 17:43 mark, however, when Brooks scored on a feed from Robb.

The Lyons led by the same margin until Clark scored an unassisted goal 6:32 into the second half to cut Western New England's deficit in half.

Western New England had an opportunity to tie the game on a shot by sophomore Haley Daigneault (Longmeadow, Mass.) with under ten minutes to play, but the attempt was saved by Mount Holyoke junior goalie Morgan Turner (Chester, N.J.).

Following a Golden Bear timeout at 62:32, Robb buried an insurance goal to seal the win for the Lyons.

Notes
• Mount Holyoke outshot Western New England 16-7 and held a 10-1 advantage in penalty corners.
• Clark has scored in five of nine games this season. Her goal tonight marked the 20th of her career.

Up Next
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, as Western New England (2-7) resumes Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play at Gordon, and Mount Holyoke (5-4) travels to Babson.