FRAMINGHAM, MA – Four different Western Connecticut State University field hockey players scored goals as the Colonials defeated host Framingham State, 4-2 on Saturday at Maple Street Field. With the win the Colonials improve to 6-11 and 5-6 in league play. The Rams are now 3-14 and 1-10 in the conference.
The Colonials earned the eight seed in the upcoming Little East Conference Tournament, which begins on Saturday, October 28. They will travel to top seed and LEC regular-season champions Worcester State University. Game time will be determined.
"This is a good conference win to end the league portion of our schedule," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell. "We are excited to be back in the tournament after a two-year drought. It will be a tough first-round game, but we have time to prepare."
The two sides alternated two scores a piece in the first half. Western got on the board first in the fourth minute when Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, NY) sent in a one-time pass from Stephanie Clapp (Deep River, Conn.).
The Rams answered just over a minute later when Bailey Donelly (Framingham, Mass.) tapped in a Sydney Buono (Ashburnham, Mass.) pass inside the left post.
Just under two minutes later, the visitors took the lead when Clapp sent in a strike from Jacalyn Doerwald (Washington Depot, Conn.) in the seventh minute.
The Rams would tie it up in the 24rh minute when Mycala Moody (North Attleboro, Mass.) poke checked a deflection from Caitlin Baril (Lakeville, Mass.) into the open net.
The Colonials would break the tie in the 36th minute when Amanda Spano (Mahopac, NY) scored from deep with an assist from Greta McConnell (Norwalk, Conn.). The Colonials would score an insurance goal in the 42nd minute on a Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, Conn.) unassisted tally to reach the final margin.
Haley Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) turned away eight shots for the Rams while Spagna made two defensive saves.
Western outshot the Rams 18-to-6 and attempted 11 penalty corners to the Rams 5.
The Rams close their season on Wednesday, October 23 when they travel to Lasell for non-conference action.
The Colonials will host St. Thomas Aquinas on the same night. Game time is set for 7 pm and WestConn will be participating in the Play4TheCure fundraising event throughout the night.