Western New England Tops Roger Williams in Penalty Shootout to Earn 3-2 Victory over Hawks

Freshman Maggie Gallagher converted the decisive penalty stroke in Western New England's shootout victory over Roger Williams on Tuesday. (Photo by Chris Marion)
Freshman Maggie Gallagher converted the decisive penalty stroke in Western New England's shootout victory over Roger Williams on Tuesday. (Photo by Chris Marion)

Golden Bears win seventh straight over Roger Williams

BRISTOL, R.I. (October 16, 2018) – The Western New England University field hockey team edged Roger Williams University 2-1 in a penalty shootout to earn a 3-2 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday evening in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at Bayside Field.

Top Performers
Senior Halle Harvey (Millers Falls, Mass.) and sophomore Haley Daigneault (Longmeadow, Mass.) both scored for the Golden Bears, while senior goalkeeper Dana Dufour (Gloucester, Mass.) made 11 saves in the cage.

Roger Williams was led offensively by junior Sydney McCarthy (Little Falls, N.Y.) and freshman Brooklyn Cenatiempo (Trumbull, Conn.), who recorded one goal each for the Hawks.

Junior Alex Coppinger (Guilderland, N.Y.) notched a pair of assists, and freshman goalkeeper Callie Flanagan (Wenham, Mass.) finished with ten saves.

Game Review
Western New England was able to establish an early lead as Daigneault tapped in a loose ball just 2:39 into the contest to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 advantage.

At the 28:30 mark, Harvey doubled Western New England's lead with her second goal of the season. Dufour stopped all five of the shots she faced in the first half as the Golden Bears led 2-0 at the break.

Cenatiempo got Roger Williams on the board nine minutes into the second half when she took a pass up the middle from Coppinger and buried a shot into the left corner of the cage.

The Hawks then equalized at the 51:46 mark following a penalty corner as McCarthy scored on a feed from Coppinger.

Neither team was able to secure a game-winning goal over the remainder of regulation or during the two ten-minute overtime periods, sending the contest to a penalty shootout.

McCarthy was unable to convert on the opening penalty stroke for the Hawks, before Western New England took a 1-0 lead on its first attempt as junior Jacqueline Clark (Auburn, Mass.) scored for the Golden Bears.

Roger Williams tied the shootout on its third attempt courtesy of Coppinger, but freshman Maggie Gallagher (West Chester, Pa.) put the Golden Bears ahead on their fourth try and Dufour stopped sophomore Lea Peterson (Upton, Mass.) to seal the win.

Notes
• Western New England has won seven straight games against Roger Williams dating back to the 2015 season.
• The Hawks outshot the Golden Bears 28-17 and held a 15-5 advantage in penalty corners.
• Dufour topped the 10-save mark for the second straight game and fourth time this season.

Up Next
Both teams will be back in action on Friday, as Western New England (4-11, 4-6 CCC) returns home to host Gordon and Roger Williams (6-9, 3-6 CCC) continues its four-game homestand against Nichols.