|Elle Chrupcala scored her third goal of the season against Gordon Saturday.|
MEDFORD – The No. 10 field hockey team scored just over one minute into play, and moved to a 5-0 victory over Gordon on Bello Field on Saturday afternoon. The win was the 156th of head coach Tina McDavitt-Mattera's career, as she becomes the winningest coach in program history.
Junior tri-captain Dominique Zarrella scored twice, and now has four goals in two games this week, and five on the season. Senior Dakota Sikes-Keilp scored once and assisted on another, and senior tri-captain Maggie Chapman picked up two assists on the day.
The visitors had an outstanding four defensive saves on the day, two from junior Karli-An Gilbert and two from senior Collette Newcombe.
Zarrella scored her fourth goal of the season just a little more than one minute into play off a penalty corner. Chapman inserted the ball to Sikes-Keilp, who dished it off to Zarrella for the score. The second chance for the Jumbos to score came just about six minutes later when Maggie Chapman found the ball in a scramble in front of the net and was able to unleash a shot. But, Newcombe was in front of the goal and picked up her first defensive save of the day to keep the score at 1-0 in the Jumbos advantage.
Thirteen minutes into the first half the Jumbos made it 2-0 off another penalty corner opportunity. Chapman again inserted the ball, but instead of passing it off this time, Sikes-Keilp fired a rocket at the goal that went right into the left post for her first goal of the season.
About four minutes later Gilbert would pick up her first defensive save for the Fighting Scotts, saving a shot off the stick of senior Allison Rolfe. Just over two minutes later Newcombe would pick up her second defensive save of the day, when she stopped senior Hannah Park from scoring.
The Jumbos continued to apply the offensive pressure and just over 24 minutes into the first frame, Park scored her second goal of the season after picking up the rebound of a shot by first-year Gigi Tutoni that was saved by keeper Shannon Hicks. The Jumbos took the 3-0 lead into halftime.
Just one minute into the second half the Jumbos drew another penalty corner, and this time it was junior Elle Chrupcala that was able to score. After receiving the insert from Chapman, Chrupcala dribbled into the circle and ripped a shot at the goal that found its way past the Fighting Scots goalie to make the score 4-0. A little less than four minutes later Zarrella picked up her second of the day when she was able to pull around two defenders and shoot from the left side into the low left post to make the score 5-0.
The Fighting Scots dealt with offensive pressure from the Jumbos even until the final seconds, as Gilbert picked up her second defensive save of the day with just 15 seconds remaining in the game when she stopped a shot off the stick of Tutoni.
The Jumbos are now 5-1 this season with a 3-0 mark in NESCAC play. Gordon moves to 2-6 this season. The Jumbos finished with the advantage in shots, 42-0, and penalty corners, 30-0.
For the visitors, the time in goal was split between junior Shannon Hicks and rookie Anastasia Landman. Hicks started the game and played 24:16, making nine saves and moves to 2-6 on the season. Landman played 45:44 in relief and made eight saves. For the Jumbos, first-year Emily Poliniski moves to 2-0, picking up the first shutout of her collegiate career.
Gordon will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to University of New England for a 6 pm start. The Jumbos, after playing six straight at home to open their season, travel to Wesleyan on Tuesday for a 7 pm NESCAC match-up.