KEENE, NH - After falling to non-league foe Ramapo on Thursday, the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team suffered a 5-0 loss at Little East Conference opponent Keene State on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 3-6 overall and 3-2 in league play, while the Owls improved to 5-4 and 4-1.
Despite surrendering five goals, rookie netminder Neve Manion (Newington, CT) finished with some outstanding saves en route to turning aside 17 for the Colonials. Nina Bruno paced the Owls with a goal and two assists, while Ally McAll netted a pair en route to the win. The Owls controlled much of the action, recording 29 shots to four, while also holding an edge in penalty corners, 9-2.
"We held up strong in the first half and had some threatening breakaways. Neve really played with some confidence. We started to tire in the second half and Keene was able to capitalize," said Colonials head coach Dani McDonnell after the game.
WestConn will seek to turn things around whey they travel to cross-state LEC rival Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday at 4 p.m.