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Lenart, Schiff Lead Wellesley Field Hockey Past Clark, 5-1

Alex Lenart '24 (Matt Campbell)
Alex Lenart '24 (Matt Campbell)

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Junior Alex Lenart (Princeton Junction, N.J.) recorded her second career hat trick and River Schiff (Potomac, Md.) added two more goals as Wellesley College field hockey cruised past Clark in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) season opener for both teams on Saturday at Butler Stadium. 

Sophomore Rose Weseley (New York, N.Y.) and first year Ceci Miller (Lewiston, Maine) also added assists for Wellesley (3-3 overall, 1-0 NEWMAC), as the Blue scored five unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0 early in the contest. Graduate student Eryn Hynes (Uxbridge, Mass.) scored the lone goal for the Cougars (2-4-0, 0-1 NEWMAC), redirecting a drive from senior Abbe Cravinho (Bellow Falls, Vt.) 1:33 into the game.

Wellesley countered Clark's first quarter goal with a three goal surge in the second quarter, taking a 3-1 lead into halftime thanks to Lenart and Schiff. Lenart powered past a pair of Clark defenders to tie the game 2:11 into the second. The junior forward gave the Blue the lead just under five minutes later, finishing on an assist from Weseley at 7:43 of the second. Schiff then extended the Blue advantage to 3-1 just before the half, finishing on a rebound with 1:58 left in the second quarter. 

The Blue added to its advantage in the second half, scoring a goal in the third quarter and another in the fourth. Schiff and the Blue capitalized on a corner chance to make the score 4-1, as the junior redirected a shot from Miller into the Clark cage. Lenart finished off her hat trick in the fourth quarter, capitalizing on a loose ball during a flurry at the front of the cage.

Wellesley had a 33-10 advantage in shots and an 11-3 advantage in penalty corner chances. Clark first year goalkeeper Loren Root (Sherborn, Mass.) made 11 saves in the Clark goal in the loss (2-4) and Wellesley junior goalkeeper Kyra Deehr-Lewis (Newtown, Pa.) made two stops to earn the win (3-3).

Next up, the Blue will host Bowdoin in non-conference action on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. Clark will travel to UMass Dartmouth for a non-conference contest at 7:00 PM on Tuesday.