DANBURY, CT – Sophomore Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) notched a game-high two goals, while rookie Amanda Spano (Mahopac, NY) added a scoring strike as the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team edged visiting non-conference foe Manhattanville College, 3-2, Wednesday night at The Westside Athletic Complex. With the victory, the Colonials improved to 4-8 overall, while the Valiants dropped to 2-9.
Shots for the contest were even at 7-7, while the hosts held a commanding lead in penalty corners, 9-2. Colonial rookie goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) recorded four saves and improved to 4-8 overall, while senior Kaitlin Halloran (Nesconset, NY) finished with three and fell to 1-9.
The hosts pierced the scoring column when Matasavage drilled her fourth goal of the season less than six minutes into the opening half. The Colonials widened the gap to 2-0 when Spano took a nifty pass from sophomore Allie Noteware (New Milford, CT) and blasted a shot of the back of the cage.
Matasavage ripped a shot into the bottom-left corner of the goal off a feed from classmate Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT), stretching the advantage to 3-0 less than six minutes into the second half.
Manhattanville retaliated quickly when sophomore Robin Boot (Bedum, Netherlands) scored. The Valiants then cut the deficit to 3-2 when junior Emily Antinozzi (Rye, NY) tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season, assisted by Boot.
"It was an amazing effort tonight from our team. Everyone took the skills that we worked on in practice and put them right into the game. We needed that from our players. It was a great win to carry us into the weekend," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell following the win.
However, the visitors could not come up with the equalizer as WestConn was able to hold off the surge. The Colonials return to action against visiting Little East Conference nemesis Southern Maine on Saturday at 11 a.m.