DANBURY, CT - Sophomore goalie Neve Manion (Newington, CT) made 19 saves, but the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team was shutout by National Field Hockey Coaches Association's 20th ranked Vassar College, 2-0 at the Westside Athletic Complex on a muggy Wednesday afternoon.
Manion withstood 32 shots by the Brewers, which improve to 4-1 on the season.
"I was proud of the courage and fight that my players displayed today," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell. "Although I had hoped for more offensive opportunities, we followed the game plan and look to continue the tenacity on Saturday."
Senior forward Emily Poehlein (Northampton, MA) tallied both goals for the winners. They were her fourth and fifth markers of the season.
Poehlein put Vassar up, 1-0 when she collected then deposited the rebound off a Manion save in the 34th minute of play.
With 1:36 remaining in the game, Poehlein capped off the scoring after receiving a pass at the top of the arc from Megan Caveny (Cicero NY).
"Neve was huge in the cage today," stated McDonnell. "She was on the field in Poughkeepsie a year ago when Vassar defeated us 11-0 and she took it upon herself to not let that happen again."
Liz Rotolo (Lebanon, NJ) earned the victory in the cage for the Brewers and registered her second clean sheet of the season.
Vassar also held a 16-1 advantage on penalty corners on Wednesday.
WestConn begins a three-game road trip on Saturday when it travels to Westfield State University for a noontime meeting with the Owls.
The Brewers head to Mahwah, NJ for a game at Ramapo College, also on September 15. Game time is set for 4 pm.