REHOBOTH, Mass. - Junior Megan Read (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip) and freshman Libbi Richardson (Uxbridge, Mass./Uxbridge) scored second-half goals 3:46 apart to send the Worcester Polytechnic Institute field hockey team to a 2-1 win over Wheaton College in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both.
Senior Celena Dopart (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends School) added an assist for the Engineers, who improved to 6-1 (1-0 NEWMAC) on the season and 19-17 all-time against Wheaton. Sophomore Eliza Kennedy (Madison, Conn./Tabor Academy) scored for the Lyons, who slipped to 3-3 (0-1 NEWMAC) with the loss.
Trailing 2-1 entering the second half, Read tied the score at one when she converted a pass from Dopart at 46:44. Less than four minutes later, Read fired a shot that was stopped by Lyons sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional), but the rebound came to Richardson, who deposited her fourth of the season to give WPI a 2-1 edge at 50:28.
"The first 35 minutes of today's match was the best field hockey I've ever seen Wheaton play," said Wheaton head coach Rebecca Begley.
Kennedy opened the scoring with her second goal of the season 7:14 into the match. Senior Bonnie Davies (Roxbury, Conn./Shepaug Valley) let a shot go that was stopped by sophomore goalkeeper Liz Dufresne (Worcester, Mass./St. Peter-Marian), and the rebound came to Kennedy at the left side of the cage.
The Lyons outshot the Engineers 7-3 in the first half but managed just two shots in the second stanza. Overall, Wheaton held an 11-8 edge in shots and an 9-4 edge in penalty corners.
Dufresne finished with eight shots to earn her sixth win of the season for WPI. Massengill recorded five saves in the loss.
The Lyons return to action on Sunday when they travel to Boston for a 1 p.m. match with Simmons College. The Engineers play at Worcester State Tuesday at 7 p.m.