DANBURY, CT – The Western Connecticut State University field hockey squad improved to 12-3 overall and 8-1 in league play as they cruised to a 5-1 victory at Salem State in a Little East Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Vikings dropped to 9-7 and 5-6. Senior forward Melissa Krim (South Easton, MA) paced the Colonials with two goals and an assist.
"This was a strong conference win for us to get back on track after being shut out by Manhattanville earlier in the week," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonell. It also marked a season-best 12 wins and counting for the program.
The visitors jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game when Krim buried her third goal of the year. She would tally her second scoring strike early in the second quarter, assisted by junior Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, NY) yet again, extending the advantage to 3-0.
WestConn widened the gap to 4-0 early in the third when senior Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) netted her team-leading 12th goal of the season off a feed from sophomore Olivia Moore (New Preston, CT). The Vikings would finally get on the board later in the stanza before junior Amanda Spano (Mahopac, NY) rounded the scoring out at 5-1.
WestConn junior netminder Neve Manion (Newington, CT) improved to 12-3 and turned aside eight shots. The Colonials return to action when they head to cross-state league rival Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday at 4 p.m.