PURCHASE, NY – Despite holding an early 1-0 lead on a goal from sophomore Amanda Spano (Mahopac, NY), the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team suffered a 4-2 setback at non-league opponent Manhattanville College on Thursday night. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 8-6 overall, while the Valiants improved to 5-7.
The visitors dominated much of play as they outshot the hosts, 25-10, while also holding a solid lead in penalty corners, 11-4. However, Manhattanville was able to make the most of the scoring chances they earned.
"Unfortunately, we were not able to capitalize on our scoring opportunities, and we had plenty," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell following the action. "Antinozzi played very well for them and the Manhattanville goalkeeper definitely made it difficult for us to convert our chances," she added.
The Colonials jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute when Spano deflected a shot from junior forward Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) into the back of the cage. The Valiants countered less than four minutes later when Juliette Eijssen fired home a shot after a penalty corner, evening the count at 1-1 at the break.
The hosts claimed a 2-1 lead when Emily Antinozzi tallied the first of her two goals. Shortly thereafter, the visitors answered when junior Lili Dickey (Westbrook, CT) beat the Manhattanville netminder's glove on a penalty stroke to make it 2-2.
The Valiants regained a 3-2 lead less than four minutes later when Robin Boot found the back of the net off a feed from Lexi Crites. The Colonials responded with more pressure and just missed out on the equalizer with 10 minutes remaining when sophomore Kimberly Brower's (Mahopac, NY) blast clanged off the post.
Moments later, the hosts added an insurance tally when a Boot pass set up a breakaway for Antinozzi, who buried her second goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) finished with four saves for the Colonials, while Zoe Fillebrown racked up 10 for the Valiants.
WestConn returns to action for a Little East Conference matchup at Salem State on Saturday at 1 p.m.