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WestConn Wins 11th LEC Crown With 2-0 Win Over UMass Boston

WestConn Wins 11th LEC Crown With 2-0 Win Over UMass Boston

DANBURY, CT - Freshman forward Kaleigh Panek (Shelton, CT) scored both goals and was named tournament Most Outstanding Player after leading the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team to its 11th league title and a 2-0 victory over University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday afternoon.

Panek, the team's leading scorer with 14 goals, put the Colonials ahead, 1-0 following a long lead pass from senior midfielder Lucy Daniels (Bethel, CT) at the 10:09 mark.

WestConn, now 14-8, ended the first half with an 11-4 advantage in shot attempts, but was able to only capitalize on Panek's first of four shots of the afternoon.

The Colonials, which have now won four straight LEC crowns, went up 2-0 after Alexandra DeLuca (Bethel, CT) fead Panek 8:58 into the second stanza for an insurance goal.

"I am very proud of the the way we played the last two days, especially the way we controlled the pace today," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison.  "We were able to rattle off several attempts at goal today."

With the victory, WestConn earns its 14th berth into the NCAA Division III national championships.  Its opponent and the site of the first and second rounds will be announced on Monday morning.

Freshman goalie Karly Martin (Bristol, CT) registered her second-straight tournament shut out after making 10 saves on Saturday.  After a relatively quite first 45 minutes, Martin made eight saves after intermission.

The Beacons, which ends their season at 14-7-1, finished the day with 15 shot attempts.

Caroline Richards (Duxbury, MA) made eight saves on the afternoon

"We will enjoy this win for a little while then get back at it early next week," added Harrison.  "Our seniors (Lucy Daniels (Bethel, CT), Aileen Maloney (Trumbull, CT) and Allison Oakley (Beekman, NY) have been through this each of their four years, so they will be instrumental in getting their teammates ready for what's ahead of them.