Bauzyk’s late goal helps Lions get past Clippers

Bauzyk’s late goal helps Lions get past Clippers

Lincoln field hockey team enjoys finest season since 2010, earns return trip to D-II semifinals

LINCOLN – In a playoff match that drew plenty of local interest, the Lincoln High field hockey earned a return trip to the Division II semifinals on Monday night by defeating neighboring rival Cumberland, 2-1, at the Lions’ Ferguson Field.

The Lions, who are 8-6-1 and enjoying their first winning season in nine years, was scheduled to face the regular-season champion Wheeler School on Wednesday night at Cranston Stadium. Wheeler edged the Lions by a 2-1 score in their last regular-season meeting on Oct. 7.

The winner of that game will take on the other semifinal-round contest between the Lincoln School and South Kingstown in Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. championship game at Bryant University.

Sophomore forward Mia Bauzyk supplied the heroics for the Lions by scoring the game-winning goal off senior forward Jennah Saqib’s second assist of the game with 3:20 to play in the contest.

That was Bauzyk’s second straight game-winning goal. In her team’s 2-1 victory over Burrillville in their regular-season finale last Friday, she produced the game-winning goal with 3:10 on the clock.

In their win over the Clippers, sophomore forward Grace Miguel scored the Lions’ first goal midway through the opening half, but the Clippers tied the score six minutes into the second half off a goal by senior Morgan Felice that was set up by classmate Jenna Bowerfind.

The Clippers end their season with a 6-7-2 mark that is their best record in four years.