BOSTON, MA (Sept. 23) – Sophomore forward Heidi Odenwaelder (Goshen, CT) tallied her first career hat trick to lead the Western Connecticut State University field hockey in a 10-1 rout over host Wheelock College this evening at Winsor Field in Boston, MA. The Colonials snap a three-match losing streak to improve to 3-4 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 0-7 overall.
Western Connecticut controlled the game from start to finish, outshooting its hosts, 45-3, while owning a commanding 10-0 advantage on penalty corners.
Two of Odenwaelder's three scores came within the first 11 minutes of play for the Colonials. Her first goal came at the 8:05 mark when senior forward Kim Gigante (Bedford Hills, NY) corralled a deflection and fed Odenwaelder with a short pass for her first goal of the season and a 2-0 lead for the visitors. Odenwaelder scored just over two minutes later when she fired a shot from just inside the circle on the right side that found the back of the cage at the 10:12 mark for a 3-0 margin. Odenwaelder's final tally of the night was one of five second half goals for Western Connecticut State. She tipped in a shot from sophomore forward Morgan O'Dell (Brookfield, CT) at the 46:43 mark of the second half for a 9-1 advantage.
Sophomore forward Kristy Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) cracked the scoring column first for the Colonials just 5:31 into the match. Gigante carried the ball on a breakaway and found Matasavage in the left slot for the marker. Wheelock later cut the deficit to 3-1 with 19:36 gone in the opening period when sophomore midfielder Jen Ryan (Bellingham, MA) blasted a shot from midfield that found the post and settled in front of classmate Elizabeth Cooper (Mansfield, MA) for a rebound shot that found the back of the cage for her first score of the season. Freshman forward Tatum Seaver (North Haven, CT) took a feed from senior defender Rachel Duffy (Marlton, NJ) and scored her first collegiate goal at 25:38 for a 4-1 WestConn lead. Lauren Allen took advantage of a penalty shot to score the final goal of the half for the Colonials when she lifted a shot into the top left corner at 31:31 of the period for a 5-1 halftime cushion.
Sophomore forward Caitlin Ogrizovich (New Fairfield, CT) wasted no time to cash in her first collegiate goal just 24 seconds into the second stanza for Western Connecticut on a helper from sophomore midfielder Jenny Cappello (Litchfield, CT) for a 6-1 advantage. Gigante's team-leading fourth goal of the year came on a feed from Duffy to increase the visitor's lead to 7-1 with 4:14 gone in the second half. Seaver added to her earlier score when Cappello hooked up with her for her second tally at 42:43 for an 8-1 Colonials' lead. Ogrizovich capped the night's offense with her second goal of the night on a pass from O'Dell to increase the WestConn margin to 10-1.
Starting goalie Kristy Trotta (Danbury, CT) earned the victory for the Colonials, playing the first 22:30 of the game. She yielded to senior keeper Courtney Hearn (New Fairfield, CT), who stopped the only shot she faced in 24:13. Sophomore goalie Kaeley DeNegre (North Branford, CT) played the final 23:17 to close out the contest for Western Connecticut State. Senior keeper Michelle Greene (Mansfield, MA) turned away 17 shots for the Wildcats to give her 405 for her career to become just the second player in school history to eclipse the 400-save mark.
Wheelock will be in action again on Tuesday, October 1 when it travels to Worcester, MA to take on Clark University at 7:00 p.m., while the Colonials host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on September 27 at 5:00 p.m. in Danbury, CT.