FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - The Worcester State University clinched the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship on Saturday morning with a 5-1 win over Framingham State in Little East Conference action at Maple Street Field.
With the win, Worcester State closes out a perfect season against full-time MASCAC members to clinch the regular season crown. The Lancers move to 11-2 overall and stay perfect at 7-0 in LEC. Framingham State drops to 3-10 overall and 1-7 in the LEC.
The Lancers took the lead midway through the first quarter with a goal after a penalty corner. Senior Olivia Antonelli (Westford, Mass.) inserted the ball on the corner and then received a pass back that she laid off to junior Coley Hayes (Norwood, Mass.) who found the back of the cage.
The Lancers doubled their lead just over a minute later as Rachel Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) laid a pass off to junior Alexa Bobbin (Charlestown, R.I.) and Bobbin fired a shot into the net for the 2-0 lead.
The Rams cut the lead in half with just over seven minutes remaining in the quarter. Freshman Bella Kondi (Canaan, NH) took a restart and fired a shot that bounced into the back of the net off the Lancers net minder.
In the second quarter, the Lancers once again capitalized on a penalty corner. Antonelli inserted the ball on the corner to junior Sarah Duff (Warren, Mass.) and Duff hit Hopkins with a pass in front of the net for the 3-1 lead at the break.
The Lancers added a pair of goals from Hopkins in the third quarter pushing the lead to 5-1.
The Lancers outshot the Rams 28-2 in the game. Sophomore Jess Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) earned the victory in net for the Lancers making one save in her 56 minutes of action.
Rachel Hopkins paced the Lancer offense with three goals and a helper.
The Rams are back in action on Tuesday when they host Southern Maine for a LEC clash beginning at 3:45 p.m., while the Lancers host Castleton on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Release courtesy of Framingham State Sports Information.