FRAMINGHAM, MA- The WestConn field hockey team overcame an early Rams goal to defeat Framingham State by a score of 3-1 in Little East play Tuesday afternoon at Maple Street Field. With the win, the Colonials improved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in league play, while the Rams fell to 2-7 and 1-4.
The Rams got on the board in the 5th minute when Maddy Pimental (Dartmouth, Mass.) sent in a long strike that was tipped by Mallory Weir (Bear, DE) and into the cage for the early 1-0 lead. The Colonials struck late in the 1st half, first when Melissa Krim (South Easton, Mass.) snuck a cross from Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, Conn.) inside the left post in the 27th minute to tie the score.
Just over two minutes later Jordan Campbell (Mount Kisco, NY) gathered a rebound in front of the net and sent it into the cage. The visitors had another great look on the cage early in the fourth but Rams goalie Grace Pushor (Old Town, ME) made a diving save hold the Colonial advantage to one. WestConn tallied an insurance goal when Matasavage sent a backhanded shot in from left to right.
Neve Manion (Newington, Conn.) made two saves in the win for the Colonials. Pushor made eight stops for the Rams.
The Colonials outshot the Rams 17-to-5 in the contest and were awarded 11 penalty corners to the Rams four.
"We persisted through a rough start and eventually took control," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonell following the contest. "I give a lot of credit to the Framingham goalkeeper. She was outstanding as she stopped numerous tips and hard shots," she added.
WestConn will next travel to Keene State for Little East action on Saturday, October 5th for a 2:30pm matchup.