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Field Hockey Routs Smith, 5-1, in Home Opener

Caroline Ferro

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Gillian Iacobucci factored into three goals in leading the Connecticut College field hockey team to a 5-1 rout of Smith College, which won the NEWMAC championship last season, on Tuesday evening at Silfen Field.

Iacobucci set up two goals just 28 seconds apart in the first quarter, and the Camels never looked back. The freshman first found sophomore Meghan Gazard (Ashland, Mass.) on a developing play after initially taking a penalty corner in the 10th minute before firing the ball in from the top of the circle for senior captain Sophie Pollinger (Summit, N.J.) to tap in shortly afterwards. The hosts would carry the 2-0 advantage into the recess.

After Smith (1-4) got on the board in the third quarter on a Victoria Mellow strike which sliced the margin in half, the Camels exploded for three goals in the fourth frame to put the game away. Junior Caroline Ferro (Wilton, Conn.) sent home a rebound attempt following a dangerous ball sent in by Gazard just 51 seconds into the frame, and Iacobucci and freshman Abby Marchand (Oak Bluffs, Calif.) added insurance to seal the final outcome.

Jackie Mountford picked up the win by making two saves for Connecticut College, which outshot the Pioneers by a 22-4 margin and also had a commanding 10-4 advantage in penalty corners. Channy Cornell of Smith turned away 10 shots in the losing effort.

Connecticut College (1-2) will look to win its first NESCAC game of the season when it hosts Bates on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m.