LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Wheelock College field hockey team defeated the host Becker College Hawks 4-1 Tuesday night at Alumni Field in Leicester.
How It Happened: The Wildcats (5-9, 4-1 NECC) got on the board in the 12thminute when senior forward Katie Frade (Dartmouth, Mass.) backhanded a shot into the back right-hand corner of the goal for her 18thgoal of the season.
In the 30th minute, Frade took the ball up the middle towards the Becker goal, then passed to sophomore forward Julia D'Onofrio (Salem, N.H.) on the left side for the easy score as Wheelock went up 2-0.
Just two minutes later, senior midfielder Alex LeBlanc (Atkinson, N.H.) took a shot off a corner that was put back by Frade, and the visitors went into the break leading 3-0.
The Hawks (1-16, 1-4 NECC) got on the board in the 43rdminute when sophomore midfielder Lauren Niemann (Bay Shore, N.Y.) rebounded the shot and scored her second goal of the season.
The Wildcats regained momentum in the 47th minute when LeBlanc fed Frade for her 20th goal of the season. The 4-1 margin would hold up for the final score.
Becker junior goalkeeper Alexis Barry (Manchester, N.H.) finished with nine saves in goal, while Wheelock junior goalkeeper Cassidy Smith (South Berwick, Maine) recorded five stops. The Wildcats outshot the Hawks, 17-7.
Who Stood Out: Senior Katie Frade had another outstanding game and now leads the NECC in goals, points, and shots, while being tied for the top spot in assists. The three-goal effort was Frade's fifth multi-goal game and her fourth hat trick of the season. LeBlanc had her first multi-assist night and now has recorded points in three consecutive games.
What It Means: The Wildcats secure a first-round home game for the NECC playoffs with the sweep of Becker College.
Up Next: Wheelock closes out the regular season against the top-seeded Elms Blazers on Saturday at home (11:00 a.m.).
Partial Release Courtesy of Becker College Sports Information