DANBURY, CT – After being edged at Regis on Friday, the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team was downed in its home-opener, falling to William Paterson University, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at The Westside Athletic Complex. Despite taking the tough loss and dropping to 0-2 overall, Colonials rookie goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) made several highlight reel worthy saves, finishing with eight. Junior netminder Mallory Rickerhauser (Lumberton, NJ) earned the win for the Pioneers, recording a trio of saves to move to 1-1.
"We played a tremendous first half and made many adjustments after Friday's game. Unfortunately, we did not come out as prepared in the second half and William Paterson capitalized with two quick goals," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell.
The Pioneers jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage when sophomore Nicole Goitiandia (South Plainfield, NJ) took a feed from classmate Samantha Super (Oaklyn, NJ) and found the back of the cage midway through the first half. Moments later, Manion stretched out to her right to make a stellar diving save as a Pioneer attempted to knock the ball just inside the post, holding the count at 1-0 heading into halftime.
William Paterson extended the lead to 2-0 when Super dished out her second assist, connecting with senior Carly Satter (Branchville, NJ) less than three minutes in the second stanza. Shortly thereafter, Satter tallied her second goal of the game, this time off a pass from sophomore Michaela Meillier (Mt. Laurel, NJ), widening the gap to 3-0. The visitors continued to apply pressure for the remainder of the second half en route to the victory.
WestConn returns to action when it opens Little East Conference play against visiting UMass-Dartmouth on Thursday at 6 p.m.