DANBURY, CT – Despite holding a 13-7 advantage on penalty corners, the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team fell to visiting Little East Conference nemesis Plymouth State University, 4-0, on Saturday at The Westside Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 3-8 overall and 3-4 in league play, while the Panthers improved to 8-2 and 6-1.
Four different players tallied scoring strikes for Plymouth en route to the win. Panther senior goalie Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, NJ) made a leaping save on shot from Colonial sophomore forward Jacalyn Doerwald (Washington Depot, CT) at point blank range early in the contest. Moments later, the Panthers got on the board when junior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, MA) took a feed from classmate Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, CT) and blasted a low-line shot into the back of the cage, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Panthers extended the lead to 2-0 when senior Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, CT) weaved past a pair of defenders and scored from in close to begin the second half. The advantage grew to 3-0 when rookie Grace Montgomery (Boscawen, NH) gathered a rebound after a penalty corner and connected with classmate Haley Wakefield (South Paris, ME). Plymouth sophomore Kate McPherson (Conway, NH) then fired a penalty stroke into the top-left corner to round the scoring out at 4-0.
WestConn freshman netminder Neve Manion (Newington, CT) finished with 10 saves and dropped to 3-8 overall, while Bates notched 11 and improved to 8-2. "Despite the score, I felt as though our team played a strong game. We stepped up to balls, moved well without the ball, and used smart defensive tactics. The score does not reflect the way we played. Bates made a handful of amazing saves that would have been goals against other keepers," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell following the defeat.
The Colonials return to action against visiting non-conference foe Manhattanville College on Wednesday at 7 p.m.