Field Hockey Finishes Second Half Strong; Hawks Defeat Elms on Senior Day, 3-1

Field hockey seniors with coaches

LEICESTER, Mass. – Following a suspended game due to lightning on Tuesday (Oct. 23) where Elms led 1-0 at the half, Becker pulled through on Thursday (Oct. 25) and scored three second half goals to rally past Elms for a 3-1 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win.



October 23-25, 2018
Alumni Field
Score: Becker 3, Elms 1
Records: Becker (7-8, 4-1 NECC) | Elms (5-12, 2-4 NECC)



Elms scored first in the seventh minute when junior midfielder Madison Gabel (Agawam, Mass.) hit junior midfielder Olivia Keane (Enfield, Conn.) on a pass forward off a penalty corner. The score stood at 1-0 going into the intermission, where the game was then suspended for lightning in the area. Total shots in the first half was in favor of Elms, 8-2. The Blazers held a 5-4 edge in penalty corners in the frame.



The teams met again Thursday (Oct. 25), and Becker proved to be the better team as they rallied back and scored three second half goals to prevail 3-1. Alexis Keohane (North Brookfield, Mass.) scored the first goal just two minutes into the half off assists from Lauren Niemann (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Abigail Leahy (Charlton, Mass.) on a penalty corner. Another penalty corner turned into a goal in the 46th minute when Leahy found freshman Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury, Mass.) at the top right of the circle who then soared the ball past Elms' keeper, Jillian Lapponese (Enfield, Conn.), for the 2-1 gain. Becker put an assurance goal up on the board in the 64th minute when Amy Cooper (Monument, Colo.) found Katherine Bernier (Dudley, Mass.) for the 3-1 final score. Becker outshot the visitors 13-2 and held a heavy 7-2 margin in shots and penalty corners, respectively, in the second half.



  • Becker's goals came from three different players, while Leahy logged two assists in the win.
  • Elms possessed the ball most of the first half, but Becker took control in the second. In total, Becker held a 15-10 advantage in shots, and 11-7 edge in corners.
  • Victoria Pilpel (Germantown, Md.) and Lapponese each finished the game with seen saves in 70 minutes played.
  • Earlier this season, Becker defeated Elms 2-0.



Prior to the start of the game on Tuesday, Becker College recognized its seniors: #11 Taryn Flebbe (Neptune, N.J.) and #14 Alexis Barry (Manchester, N.H.). Photos can be found at the following link:



This game marked Elms' regular season finale.  The Hawks conclude regular season play on Saturday (Oct. 27) as they will head to New England College for a 12 noon game.



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