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Field Hockey Edged by St. Thomas Aquinas in Regular Season Finale, 2-1

Field Hockey Edged by St. Thomas Aquinas in Regular Season Finale, 2-1
 
DANBURY, CT – After downing Little East Conference foe Framingham State on Saturday, the Western Connecticut State University field hockey squad was edged by visiting non-league foe St. Thomas Aquinas College, 2-1, in its regular season finale on Wednesday night at The Westside Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 6-12 overall, while the Spartans improved to 6-10. WestConn returns to action as the No. 8 seed and will meet top-seeded host Worcester State in the LEC Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday at 7 p.m.
 
Despite holding a commanding edge in penalty corners (12-4) and shots (14-11), the Colonials were unable to punch home the equalizing goal. "It was a high energy game," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell following the defeat. "We really needed to capitalize on our 12 penalty corner opportunities though," she added. 
 
The Spartans opened the scoring when rookie Arielle Rodriguez (Valley Cottage, NY) notched her fifth goal of the season, knocking in a shot from five yards out in the 20th minute of play.
The Colonials answered after a penalty corner rebound when sophomore Jacalyn Doerwald (Washington Depot, CT) threaded a pass to rookie Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, NY) who then tallied her seventh goal of the year, knotting the count at 1-1 heading into the break.
 
Junior Jacqueline Dowling (Pearl River, NY) scored after classmate Jade Hall (Ewing, NJ) hit her with a nifty feed after gathering a rebound, putting the visitors ahead 2-1 early in the second half. Shortly thereafter, WestConn sophomore Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) nearly netted the equalizer as she weaved through a pair of defenders and backhanded a shot that was stopped by Spartan freshman goalie Suzanne Clark (East Schodack, NY).
 
Rookie netminder Neve Manion (Newington, CT) fell to 5-12 and finished with five saves for the Colonials, while Clark improved to 5-9 and recorded six stops.