BOSTON, Mass. - Wheelock College used consistent offensive pressure and a 21-1 shooting advantage to defeat the Hawks of Becker College 3-0.
How It Happened: The offensive pressure started early in the game as the Wildcats amassed nine first half shots. The Wildcats scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute off a corner from Mary-Kate Pereira (Shrewsbury, Mass.). Pereira sent the ball to Alexandria LeBlanc (Atkinson, N.H.) who passed to fellow senior Katie Frade (Dartmouth, Mass.).
The Hawks would keep the game scoreless until Wheelock finally broke through again in the 51st minute of play. Julia D'Onofrio (Salem, N.H.) pushed the ball on a breakaway up the near sideline and sent the ball across the face of the goal where a streaking Melanie Newberg (Raynam, Mass.) put the ball in the back of the net.
Frade was able to score the final goal of the game off another corner from Pereira at the top of the arc to give the Wildcats a 3-0 victory.
Who Stood Out: The Wildcats had five player record shots with Frade recording 11 and LeBlanc with three on goal.
What It Means: Wheelock moves to 2-1 in conference play with a win over one of the top teams in the conference.
Up Next: The Wildcats return to action on Saturday when they face Bay Path University on the road (11:00 a.m.).
Wildcats Play 4 the Cure: The Wheelock field hockey team used this game to promote awareness for the National Foundation of Cancer Research. As of game time, the Wildcats had raised over $750 in 22 days. The team wore pink warmups and started the game using a pink ball to help promote this cause. Please go to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/wildcats-play-4-the-cure/wheelockfh if you would like to learn more about the team's effort or would like to donate.