Trainor nets her second goal of the season in the loss
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Wheaton College field hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action (NEWMAC) on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
Wheaton sophomore Michelle Trainor (Amesbury, Mass./Saint Thomas Aquinas) tallied her second goal of the season and also added two shots in the contest to pace the offense. Junior Kelsey Harris (Spencer, Mass./Worcester Academy) added a pair of shots, while sophomore Darci Bruce (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), and first-years Katie Peters (Medway, Mass./Medway) and Brooke Dugan (Saint George, Maine/Oceanside) each recorded a single shot. Senior goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) recorded five saves in the loss (9-7).
WPI was led by senior captains Libbi Richardson (Uxbridge, Mass./Uxbridge) and Mary-Lee Barboza (Rochester, Mass./Old Rochester Regional) as the duo combined for all four goals (two apiece) in the victory. Sophomores Allie Buckley (Worcester, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) and Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, Conn./Lewis S. Mills) and senior Nicole Holmes (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) all had assists for the Engineers.
The first ten minutes of the match started off slowly for both teams, but WPI maintained the majority of the possession before striking in the 18th minute with two penalty corners and two shots, both of which were saved by Wolters.
At the 19:08 marker, Richardson broke open the shutout with her third goal of the season when she collected the ball off of a rebound and fired it into the back of the cage to give WPI a 1-0 advantage.
WPI tallied its second goal of the contest at 21:16 following a penalty corner taken by Barboza. The ball was tipped straight into the box by Shevchuk and deflected off the stick of Richardson to deepen the Engineers lead at 2-0.
Wheaton concluded the first half with three consecutive penalty corners, but WPI goalkeeper Lauren Puishys (Oxford, Mass./Oxford) and the rest of the defense were up to the task.
In the second stanza, Trainor put Wheaton on the scoreboard with her second goal of the season when she gathered. Trainor gathered a loose ball in the circle after Harris' insert off of a penalty corner and drove it into the lower left corner of the cage to pull the Lyons within a goal, 2-1, at 45:35.
WPI responded with two goals down the stretch, both coming from Barboza, to close out the contest. Barboza's first goal was knocked in at 51:38 on a feed from Buckey, while her third goal of the season – and second of the match – came as play closed out in the 70th minute when she knocked in the ball off of a rebound to claim the 4-1 victory.
WPI held a 9-7 advantage in shots, while penalty corners were even for both squads at seven apiece.
Wheaton (9-7, 2-5 NEWMAC) returns to the field when the Lyons host Bridgewater State for a non-conference matchup on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. WPI (10-5, 3-4 NEWMAC) travels to Becker college at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday in non-conference action.