Oct 28, 2017
WORCESTER, MA – The eighth-seeded Western Connecticut State University field hockey team fell at top-seeded Worcester State, 5-2, in the Little East Conference Postseason Tournament quarterfinal round on Saturday evening. With the loss, the Colonials season came to an end at 6-13 overall.
Sophomore forward Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) and classmate Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) each notched a goal late in the second half to pace the Colonials.
Worcester State University's leading scorer, Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) tallied her 19th goal of the season 10:24 into the first frame on a pass from senior Jolane Thibault (Douglas, Mass.). The Lancers doubled their lead in the 22nd minute as Thibault scored on a pass from Katelyn Santos (Acushnet, Mass.). Parent had crossed the ball, and Santos redirected the ball to Thibault who notched her 11th goal of the season.
The Lancers' Rachel Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) put the Blue and Gold ahead 3-0 six minutes into the second half as she recorded her shot off a goalie deflection. Olivia Antonelli (Westford, Mass.) tallied the fourth goal on an assist from Hopkins, and Parent put the Lancers' fifth and final goal in the net on a slap shot following a breakaway down the right side of the field. Western Connecticut didn't give up and spoiled the Lancers' shutout as Matthews and Matasavage each tallied their ninth goals of the season.
Rookie netminder Neve Manion (Newington, CT) fell to 5-13 and finished with eight saves for the Colonials, while classmate Samantha Ripegno (Stamford, CT) and sophomore Elizabeth Fagan (Port Jefferson Station, NY) also saw action in goal.
"Worcester's speed got to us in first half breakaways but our players fought hard to score two goals in the second," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell. "We were able to limit their penalty corners opportunities like we talked about in practice. It was a strong season for our young group of players," she added after the season finale.