DANBURY, Conn. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey team was unable to fully erase a 2-0 deficit, dropping its Little East Conference (LEC) opener to Western Connecticut by a 2-1 final at the Western Athletic Complex Thursday evening.
Score: Western Conn. 2, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: Western Connecticut State (1-2, 1-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (0-2, 0-1 LEC)
How it Happened
During the first 20 minutes of play, the theme easily became fouls as the teams combined to commit 24 before the first goal was scored. The stalemate was broken at the 20:17 mark of the first-half as freshman Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, N.Y.) potted her first collegiate score coming off a feed from classmate Amanda Spano (Mahopac, N.Y.).
The Corsairs began to push offensively to close the first half, and it translated to the second as they rattled off four shots toward the target in the opening ten minutes. The Colonials sensed the pressure brewing and quickly doubled their lead when sophomore forward Morgan Matthews (Bethel, Conn.) netted her first goal of the season in the 50th minute.
Following the second goal for WCSU, senior Delaney Burns (Wayne, N.J.) picked up her first goal of the 2017 season, unassisted, with 16 minutes left in the match.
UMass Dartmouth revved up its attack in the final portions of the game in hope of knotting the score, but Colonial freshman keeper Neve Manion (Newington, Conn.) was ready for the task, pushing away all three shots on net to preserve the lead and the victory for her team.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth outshot the opponent 18-to-17 throughout the game, but were outshot 12-10 in the closing period.
- Fouls loomed for both teams as the Corsairs were whistled for a total of 27 in the first half and 42 in all; the Colonials finished the game with 39 penalties against.
- Goalie Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) stopped six of eight shots seen in the entire contest.
- Junior Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) led all players with four shots on goal. Burns finished with three and freshman Mikella DaSilva (Fall River, Mass.) added two.
The Corsairs have a quick turnaround on Saturday, hosting LEC foe Salem State beginning at 1 p.m.