DeGrooth's Second Career Hat Trick Powers Women's Soccer Past Suffolk, 4-1

Brittany DeGrooth taking a corner kick
Brittany DeGrooth

East Boston, Mass.—Senior forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) notched her second career hat trick as the Rhode Island College women's soccer team earned their first win of the season with a 4-1 victory at Suffolk on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 4, Suffolk 1
Suffolk (0-2)
Rhode Island College (1-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Junior forward Madyson Christian (Douglas, MA) snapped a scoreless game in the 30th minute with an unassisted goal.

• DeGrooth scored twice in a seven-minute time span to stake the visitors to a 3-0 advantage. She scored in the 34th minute and then was set up by sophomore defender Brooke Young (West Warwick, RI) in the 41st minute.

• RIC held a 13-4 advantage in shots at the half, while the Rams led in corner kicks, 3-0.

• The hosts cut their deficit down to a pair of goals, 3-1, on sophomore forward Caleigh O'Brien's (Wilbraham, MA) unassisted goal in the 68th minute.

• DeGrooth, who accounted for 10 of RIC's 22 shots on the day, capped the three-goal effort with an unassisted strike in the 75th minute.

• Junior goalkeeper Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, RI) made two saves in the first half to pick up the win (1-1). Sophomore goalkeeper Carissa Gaglione (West Warwick, RI) stopped three in the second half.

• Suffolk junior goalkeeper Julia Fieldsend (Exeter, NH) took the loss (0-2), stopping three in the first half. Freshman Allison Rodrigues (North Andover, MA) stopped seven in the second half.

• RIC led in shots, 22-9. Suffolk led in corner kicks, 6-1.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host WPI on Tuesday, Sept. 4 (4 p.m.).