PROVIDENCE - The Becker Hawks scored three unanswered goals in the second half, capped off a game-winning goal by senior Amy Cooper (Monument, Colo.) with 7:33 in the game, coming back from a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 over the Johnson & Wales Wildcats on Saturday afternoon from SMAC Turf Field.
Hawks sophomore Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury, Mass.) finished with one goal and one assist on four shots on goal. Classmate Emily Iacovelli (Northbridge, Mass.) finished with a goal on five shots on goal.
Wildcats sophomore Jillian Miele (Wilmington, Mass.) had both goals for Johnson & Wales.
Tied at 2-2 in the middle of the fourth, the Hawks broke in behind the Wildcats defense on a 2-on-0 rush. Iacovelli's attempt was initially stopped by Wildcats junior Grace Pendergast (Berlin, Mass.) with the rebound finding the stick of Cooper. Before the goalie or Wildcats defense could recover, Cooper shot the eventual game-winner past the blocker of Pendergast to take a 3-2 lead.
Iacovelli's and Kelly's third quarter goals put the Hawks back to a tie game entering the fourth.
Kelly got the Hawks on the board with 13:46 left in the third. A Wildcats turnover in the defensive zone gave Kelly a good look on goal. Her first shot was stopped by Pendergast by her follow-up lift beat the goalie, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Iacovelli followed up to tie the game late in the quarter. With 1:34 remaining in the third, Iacovelli came in on a breakaway thanks to the help of a pass from Kelly. Iacovelli took her chance from six yards out, hitting the back of the cage, tying the game 2-2.
Miele got her two goals 3:06 apart in the second quarter, both on scrums in front of the Hawks goal.
Sophomore Baileigh Griese (Woodstock, N.Y.) made 14 stops for the Hawks; a career-high for saves in a win for her. Griese moves to 2-1 on the season. Pendergast takes the loss for the Wildcats to fall to 0-3, despite making nine saves.
Becker improves to 2-1 on the season while Johnson & Wales are still in still searching for their first win as they sit at 0-3.
The Hawks return to action on Thursday as they host Salem State University at Alumni Field for a 4:00 p.m. match.