Big First Quarter Propels UNE to 4-1 Win over Field Hockey

Ali Martin scored her third goal of the season in Western New England's 4-1 loss to UNE on Saturday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)
Ali Martin scored her third goal of the season in Western New England's 4-1 loss to UNE on Saturday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)

BIDDEFORD, Maine (October 19, 2019) – A three-goal first quarter propelled the University of New England field hockey team to a 4-1 win over Western New England University on Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at Blue Bolt Field.

Top Performers
UNE was led by sophomore forward Jillian Lachapelle (Gilford, N.H.), who scored both of her goals over the first 10:18 of the contest.

Sophomore midfielder Ali Martin (South Windsor, Conn.) accounted for Western New England's lone goal late in regulation.

Game Review
UNE needed just over two minutes to get on the board, as Lachapelle put the Nor'easters ahead 1-0 with the help of an assist from sophomore Julia Steeves (Skowhegan, Maine).

Following a UNE penalty corner at the 9:19 mark, the home team doubled its advantage on junior defender Reanna Boulay's (Liberty, Maine) tenth goal of the season.

The Nor'easters increased their lead to 3-0 just 52 seconds later, as Lachapelle scored her second of the game. With 3:36 remaining in the first half, UNE went up 4-0 on an unassisted tally by senior Kendra MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.).

UNE, which led by the same score at halftime, maintained its shutout for the majority of the second half. The Golden Bears were able to break through late in regulation, however, as senior Jacqueline Clark (Auburn, Mass.) set up Martin for her third goal of the season.

Notes
• Western New England was outshot 18-5, including 7-0 in the first quarter.
• The Nor'easters held a 10-1 advantage in penalty corners.

Up Next
Western New England (7-8, 3-6 CCC) will look to get back on track on Tuesday night at Nichols. UNE (9-7, 8-1 CCC) travels to Endicott on Tuesday to face the CCC-leading Gulls.