DANBURY, CT –Junior goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) notched six saves in a stellar performance but it wasn't enough as the Western Connecticut State University field hockey squad fell to visiting non-league opponent Manhattanville College, 1-0, on Tuesday night at the Westside Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 11-3 overall, while the Valiants improved to 12-3.
"Manhattanville was ready for a battle to start the game and we were not. It took us the first half before we gained any momentum but Manhattanville just matched it. We put pressure on in the final minutes and I was disappointed we were not able to turn it up sooner," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell following the tough loss.
The visitors had the first quality scoring chance when rookie Felicity Williams (Glen Falls, NY) had a breakaway attempt stopped by a charging Manion in the second quarter. Moment later, Manion made another out-of-this-world save when she kicked out her right foot to turn aside a Manhattanville blast.
The Valiants tallied the lone goal of the game when senior Robin Boot (Bedum, Netherlands) ripped a shot into the top-right corner from five yards away for her third goal of the season midway through the third stanza.
Junior forward Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, NY) had a pair of point blank shots turned aside by Manhattanville netminder Elaina Nacinovich (Patterson, NY) late in the fourth. The hosts then pulled their goalie and added tremendous pressure but were unable to come up with the equalizer.
Manion fell to 10-3 while Nacinovich improved to 4-2 en route to a five-save performance. The Colonials will look to rebound when they travel to Little East Conference foe Salem State on Saturday at Noon, while the Valiants host Becker on Saturday at 1 p.m.