-Score: Anna Maria College 8, Becker College 2
-Records: Anna Maria College (1-1), Becker College (0-3)
-Location: Leicester, Mass. (Alumni Field)
- The Lead: The Anna Maria field hockey team downed the Hawks of Becker College by a final score of 8-2 on Thursday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. Senior Nicole Denver (Springfield, Mass.) lifted the AMCATS to victory with eight points on the day from three goals and two assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
-The AMCATS hopped on the board first with a goal from sophomore Anne Melanson (Grafton, Mass.) just six minutes into play. Melanson created a breakaway for herself to give the AMCATS the early 1-0 lead.
-The Hawks did not take long to respond as Jocelyn Lebel (Grafton, Mass.) notched her first goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 just four minutes later.
-Becker took their only lead of the game with 23 minutes on the clock as Amy Cooper (Monument, Colo.) scooped up an Anna Maria turnover and converted it into a goal for the home team (2-1).
-That was the last goal the AMCATS would allow and they went on to score three more in the half.
-Anna Maria was awarded a corner with 14 minutes to play in the first half. Jaqueline Lapierre (Worcester, Mass.) received a pass from Denver and fired a shot past Becker goalkeeper, Alexis Barry (Manchester, Mass.) to tie the game at 2-2.
-Sophomore, Lauren Lapierre (Worcester, Mass.) buried a rebound shot off of the keeper to take the 3-2 lead for the AMCATS and just three minutes later Denver scored her first goal of the game to give the visitors the 4-2 lead into the halftime break.
-The AMCATS came out strong in the second half with back to back goals from Denver, freshman Allyson Shaw (Holden, Mass.), and Denver again to take the ultimate 8-2 victory.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS:
-Anna Maria outshot Becker 29-5 and took eight corners to the Hawks two.
-Junior, Danielle Huston (Spencer, Mass.) earned her first win of the season in net for the AMCATS and improves to 1-1 with a three save effort on the day.
-Barry made 11 saves in the loss for the Hawks and falls to 1-2 on the season.
The AMCATS host Regis College on Sept. 9th at 10:00 a.m. for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest. The Hawks host Salem State on Thursday, September 14th at 4:00 p.m.