DANBURY, CT – Junior forward Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) netted a pair of goals to become the school's all-time leader in career goals scored as the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team blanked visiting cross-state rival Eastern Connecticut, 4-0, on Wednesday night at the Westside Athletic Complex. With the win, the Colonials improved to 10-6 overall and 8-3 in Little East Conference play, while the Warriors dropped to 4-8 and 4-6.
The hosts finished ahead in shots, 13-8, while the visitors held the edge in penalty corners, 6-2. Sophomore goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) improved to 10-6 and notched two saves before classmate Samantha Ripegno (Stamford, CT) came on in relief for WestConn. Sophomore netminder Keira Integlia (Branford, CT) fell to 4-8 and notched two saves for Eastern.
"It was an amazing game and effort by our entire team," said Colonial head coach Dani McDonnell following the shutout. Our defensive pressure was the highest it has been all season and Morgan did a fantastic job breaking the all-time school record," she added.
WestConn drew first blood just 15:05 into the contest when sophomore forward Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, NY) tallied her seventh goal of the season, unassisted. Matthews would claim the milestone when she netted her 20th career goal in the 25th minute off a feed from sophomore Amanda Spano (Mahopac, NY), extending the lead to 2-0. Moments later, rookie forward Nora Swift (Brookfield, CT) found the back of the net to make it 3-0 at the break.
The Colonials would add another marker in the second half when Matthews ripped a penalty stroke into the top-left corner of the cage, good for her team-leading 12th goal of the year, rounding the count out at 4-0.
WestConn returns to action when they host league nemesis Fitchburg State on Senior Day. Play is set to begin on Saturday at 11 a.m.