DANBURY, CT – Sophomores Jacalyn Doerwald (Washington Depot, CT) and Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) each tallied goals as the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team dropped a heartbreaking overtime loss to visiting non-conference foe Lasell College, 3-2, on Tuesday night at The Westside Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 5-11 overall while the Lasers improved to 13-3.
The visitors pierced the scoring column less than one minute into the contest when sophomore forward Samantha Taylor (Hanover, MA) netted her 12th goal of the season. WestConn responded to even the count at 1-1 late in first half when Doerwald knocked the ball over to classmate Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT), who flipped it right back to Doerwald as she connected on her second goal of the year.
The Colonials seized a 2-1 advantage early in the second stanza when Matthews dished out her second assist of the game, this time connecting with Matasavage for the go-ahead tally. The hosts controlled much of the tempo the rest of the half, however, the Lasers were able to net the equalizer with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Junior Cailin Flannery (Medford, NJ) smacked in a shot off a rebound to make it 2-2. Shortly thereafter, the Lasers began a 2-0 breakaway but were not able to move quickly enough for the shot as time expired, forcing the extra session.
Flannery would notch the game-winner in overtime when she took a feed from Taylor and slipped the ball past the outstretched arms of Colonial rookie goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT). Manion would finish with four saves, while senior Denise Landry (New Milford, CT) recorded nine.
After the initial 32 seconds, we played an incredibly aggressive game. No one got discourage when they tied the score and we continued to pick each other up. Despite the loss, we have good momentum heading into our final regular season conference game," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell following the defeat.
The Colonials return to action at LEC foe Framingham State on Saturday at 4 p.m.