MANSFIELD, Conn. – Freshman forward Morgan Foley and senior midfielder Sydney McCarthy spearheaded a five-goal Roger Williams University onslaught in a 14-minute span of the second half as the Hawks streaked past Eastern Connecticut State University in a non-conference field hockey match Tuesday afternoon at Rick McCarthy Field at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
In the team's home-opener, sophomore midfielder Brianna Nolan's (Watertown) second career goal with three minutes left in the first half on a shot from the left post following a penalty corner that set up a shot by junior forward Sydney Hogan (Northford) tied the score for Eastern (0-3), but Foley and McCarthy combined for three goals and three assists in a stretch of 14 minutes in the second half that helped boost Roger Williams (4-1) into a five-goal lead with five minutes left.
The win is the fourth straight after an opening loss for the Hawks, who have outscored those four opponents, 22-3. The match was the first between the two programs.
With the score tied, Foley and sophomore forward Brooklyn Cenatiempo struck for goals two minutes apart late in the third quarter, with Cenatiempo's fourth of the season from the right post coming with 16.3 seconds left in the quarter that made it 3-1 heading into the final 15 minutes.
Foley's second goal of the match and third of the season on an assist from McCarthy 64 seconds into the fourth quarter made it 4-1, and Roger Williams again struck quickly with back-to-back goals in a span of less than two minutes that pushed the lead to the final five-goal margin.
While the visitors were unloading 16 shots in the first half, Eastern's young starting defense of freshman sweeper Sinead Marie (West Hartford), freshman Grace Mangiameli (Suffield), senior Amy Smith (Trumbull) and sophomore Katelyn Miller (Wallingford) played strong in front of solid sophomore goalie Keira Integlia (Branford), allowing only McCarthy's goal in the 20th minute (coming on a rebound of Integlia's save) through the first 42 minutes. In the second half, the Hawks' relentless pressure simply wore down the tired Eastern defense.
Roger Williams outshot Eastern, 33-8 (17-0 in the second half) with a 16-2 bulge in penalty corners (9-0 in the second half). Integlia kicked out a career-high 19 shots, and is now averaging over 16 saves through three games.
Callie Flanagan needed only five saves to improve to 4-1 this season.
Eastern hosts Salem State University Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in its Little East Conference opener.