WORCESTER, MA – Despite leading 2-0 at halftime, the fifth-seeded Western Connecticut State University field hockey team was stunned at fourth-seeded Worcester State, 3-2, in the Little East Conference Postseason Quarterfinal round on Tuesday night. With the loss, the Colonials' season came to end at 11-8 overall, while the Lancers improved to 14-6, advancing to the semifinal round where they will square up against either No. 8 Eastern or No. 1 Castleton on Friday night.
The hosts finished with the advantage in shots, 16-10, while the visitors held a commanding lead in penalty corner opportunities, 10-4.
WestConn drew first blood just 6:20 into the contest when Krim took a feed from rookie Olivia Moore (New Preston, CT) and connected on her fourth goal of the year.
Krim would then find Spano just before the break, extending the Colonials' advantage to 2-0.
The second half was all Worcester State as they put together a fierce rally en route to the stunning win. Michaila Parent led the hosts with a goal and an assist. She struck for the first Lancer goal, slicing the lead to 3-1 before assisting on the game-winner to Olivia Antonelli with six minutes remaining in regulation.
Sophomore goalie Neve Manion (Newington, CT) finished the slate at 11-8 and notched eight saves for the Colonials, while Jess Hopkings moved to 14-6 and recorded seven stops for the Lancers.
"It was an incredibly hard fought game. We shut down Worcester in the first half and we should have converted on more of our chances," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell following the heartbreaking loss. Our girls put everything they had into it both mentally and physically but Parent was the difference in the second. We're excited about our future but are sad to lose both Allie and Steph who have meant so much to our program," she concluded.