NEWTON, Mass. – Senior Bayleigh Bogan (Encinitas, Calif.) tallied a goal and an assist Thursday afternoon as Smith College defeated Lasell College, 3-1, in a non-conference field hockey game at rainy Grellier Field.
Smith scored twice in the first half and once in the second half before Lasell got on the scoreboard with 12 minutes remaining. The Pioneers went on to post their third straight victory, improving to 8-4 overall, while Lasell had its six-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-5.
Junior Sammie Pavlov (Royersford, Pa.) put the Pioneers on the board eight minutes into the game when she scored her ninth goal of the year on a rebound shortly after a penalty corner. Bogan doubled the Pioneers lead after another penalty corner, taking a feed in the slot from the right side from junior Anna Ballou (Deerfield, Mass.)
Smith out-shot the home team 5-3 in the first half as both teams battled through rainy conditions.
The Pioneers extended their lead to 3-0 13 minutes into the second half when Bogan set up junior Vivian Nelson (Edmonton, Canada) for her first goal of the season.
Lasell finally broke into the scoring column when junior Sam Taylor (Hanover, Mass.) scored on a penalty stroke in the 59th minute for her 10th goal of the season.
The Lasers had two other chances to score in the game but were denied by defensive saves by senior Beatrice Chaudoin (Millersville, Md.) and sophomore Maura McGowan (Wall Township, N.J.) Junior Mindy Esposito (Sunderland, Mass.) also had a defensive save for Lasell.
Freshman keeper Channy Cornell (Arlington, Tex.) made four saves in a winning effort for Smith, while freshman Sofia Rodriguez (Peabody, Mass.) made four saves at the other end for Lasell. Smith had an 11-8 advantage in shots and an 11-3 margin in penalty corners.
Lasell plays at home again on Saturday on Senior Day with a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) match-up against Rivier University, beginning at noon. Smith returns to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday at #11 Babson College at noon.
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