DANBURY, CT – Senior forward Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) netted a pair of goals, while classmate Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) added one and dished out two assists to lead the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team to a 5-2 victory over visiting Little East Conference foe Bridgewater State on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Colonials improved to 14-3 overall and 10-1 in league play, while the Bears plummeted to 2-13 and 2-9.
The hosts outshot the visitors by a whopping 29-9 margin while also holding the edge in penalty corners, 8-4.
WestConn junior goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) put together yet another strong outing, stopping four shots while improving to 13-3 overall. Classmate Samantha Ripegno (Stamford, CT) relieved her for a quarter and recorded two saves. Bridgewater senior Jillian Delaney (Foxborough, MA) and rookie Deirdre Duarte (Fall River, MA) split time in net for the Bears, combining for 11 saves. Delaney took the loss and dropped to 2-12.
The Colonials jumped on top right away and would not look back. Junior forward Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, NY) ripped a low shot into the back corner of the cage off a feed from Matthews less than one minute into the contest.
Matasavage then scored before Matthews earned her team-leading 15th goal of the season, extending the lead to 3-0 early in the second stanza. Matasavage notched her 11th of the year, unassisted before sophomore Mia Schumey (West Hartford, CT) netted her first of the season, rounding out an opening half barrage with the Colonials ahead, 5-0.
The Bears would cut into the deficit in the second half. Junior forward Olivia Ahlman (Halifax, MA) buried a pair of scoring strikes in the third, giving her a team-leading five goals on the season. Manion re-entered for the fourth quarter and the rally was haulted, setting the final count at 5-2.
The Colonials return to action next Saturday, November 2 when they host Worcester State on Senior Day at 11 a.m., while the Bears host Wheaton on Tuesday at Noon.