WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior Rachel Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) notched a hat trick and two assists for a seven-point performance that propelled top-seeded Worcester State to a 7-0 victory over eighth-seeded UMass Dartmouth in quarterfinal round play of the 2019 Little East Conference Field Hockey Championships Tuesday evening at Coughlin Field.
The host Lancers, who improve to 16-4 overall on the season, advance to Thursday night’s Little East semifinal round to host fourth-seeded Southern Maine at Coughlin Field, as the Huskies advanced with a 2-0 quarterfinal round triumph over fifth-seeded Castleton. The visiting Corsairs, who were making their third league post-season appearance in five years under Head Coach Linee Mello-Frost, saw their campaign end at 7-12.
Hopkins sparked a four-goal outburst in the opening quarter by scoring twice in a 2:58 span, as Worcester State also received tallies from seniors Olivia Antonelli (Westford, Mass.) and junior Coley Hayes (Norwood, Mass.) in the frame. Senior Sophia Monopoli (Worcester, Mass.) extended the hosts’ edge to 5-0 1:24 into the second stanza before Hopkins completed her hat trick less than five minutes later, and junior Sarah Duff’s (Warren, Mass.) marker with 6:35 remaining in the match accounted for the final margin.
Monopoli, Antonelli and Hayes each added assists to finish with three points in the win for Worcester State, which also received a helper off the stick of junior Alexa Bobbin (Charlestown, R.I.). Sophomore Jess Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) picked up the victory in goal for the Lancers without having to make a first half save, while sophomore Kacy Florence (Methuen, Mass.) made one second half stop for the hosts.
Junior Katleyn Banalewicz (Fall River, Mass.) recorded 10 saves in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, as Worcester State outshot the Corsairs by a 26-2 margin overall (17-1 on goal) and took all six penalty corners in the contest.