POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – After beginning the season with four wins, the Western Connecticut State University field hockey squad was downed at eighth-ranked Vassar College, 2-1, on Wednesday evening. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 4-1 overall while the Brewers improved to 5-0.
"I was very proud of our effort and mental toughness against such a formidable opponent," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell following the game. "Our squad showed amazing grit to score a goal near the end of the contest and fought hard until the end," she added.
The Colonials were outshot 23-8 and the Brewers also held the advantage in penalty corners, 16-4. However, junior goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) was stellar in net, finishing with 12 saves for the visitors.
WestConn senior midfielder Jacalyn Doerwald (Washington, CT) sliced the deficit to 2-1 with just over five minutes remaining when she tallied an unassisted marker. The Colonials battled but could not force overtime.
They return to action for their Little East Conference opener against visiting Plymouth State on Saturday at 11 a.m.