Atwood's five-point day leads to Wheaton's 5-3 win at WPI

WORCESTER, Mass. - Julia Atwood (Concord, Mass.) registered a pair of goals and an assist to propel visiting Wheaton to a 5-3 victory over WPI on Saturday afternoon in the NEWMAC field hockey conference opener for both squads. The Lyons are now 5-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play while the Engineers dip to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC. 

The game started at a frantic pace with four goals in the opening 12 minutes.Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine) got Wheaton on the board at 3:36 when she knocked home a pass by Margaux Bolte (Belmont, Mass.). WPI leveled the contest at 5:15 as Meghan Linskey (Bridgewater, Mass.) took a feed from Emily Pearce (Avon, Conn.) and flicked it into the back of the net. The Lyons surged ahead on a Emily Asack (Stoughton, Mass.) marker at 8:54 only to see the Engineers draw even again at 11:53 on Maggie Wigley's (Bridgewater, Mass.) second goal of the season.

Atwood put Wheaton ahead for good when she batted in a ball at 23:07 after a pass by Chick. The matchup would remain 3-2 until the Lyons rattled off a pair of goals 1:48 apart midway through the second stanza. Jessica Strock (Centerville, Mass.) knocked home a feed by Attwoodbefore the senior successfully converted a penalty stroke at 55:54.

WPI again charged back with 8:20 remaining on a perfectly executed penalty corner.Danielle Antonellis (Duxbury, Mass.) tallied her team-best sixth goal on a laser strike following an insertion by Wigley and a stick stop from Celena Dopart (Washington, D.C.) however the Engineers could not muster another shot the rest of the way.

Overall the Engineers held a 17-12 edge in shots and a 11-6 advantage in penalty corners during the offensive-minded contest.

Ellie Massengil (Amherst, Mass.) was outstanding en route to picking up the win between the pipes for Wheaton. The freshman made nine stops and was aided by a pair of defensive saves by Bonnie Davies (Roxbury, Conn.). Liz Dufresne (Worcester, Mass.) notched four saves for WPI in her first collegiate start while junior sweeper Katye Milligan (Skowhegan, Maine) was credited with a defensive save. 

WPI continues its lengthy homestand on Tuesday, hosting crosstown rival Worcester State at 7pm. Wheaton is right back to work on Sunday, entertaining the University of New England at 2pm.

Courtesy of WPI sports information office

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