DANBURY, CT – Sophomore forward Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, NY) erupted for four goals to lead the Western Connecticut State University field hockey squad to a 5-2 victory over visiting Little East Conference foe Fitchburg State University on Saturday (Senior Day & Homecoming) at the Westside Athletic Complex. With the win, the Colonials improved to 11-6 overall and 9-3 in league play, while the Falcons dropped to 8-8 and 5-5.
The hosts outshot the visitors, 20-8, while trailing in the penalty corner department, 6-5. Colonial sophomore goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) improved to 11-6 overall and turned aside three shots, while Falcon rookie netminder Abby Bryant (Ware, MA) fell to 7-7 and recorded 10 saves.
"It was a great way to close out our regular season conference slate as we finished with the most wins in league play ever," said WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell following the action. Brower provided a great performance, while our seniors Allie Noteware (New Milford, CT) and Stephanie Clapp (Deep River, CT) also played strong," she added.
The Colonials jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on a pair of goals from Brower. Fitchburg closed the gap to 2-1 when sophomore Nicole Tocco (Gloucester, MA) grabbed control of a long distance pass from the right sideline and buried her seventh goal of the year from point blank range.
WestConn struck back quickly when junior Melissa Krim (South Easton, MA) deflected classmate Jacalyn Doerwald's (Washington Depot, CT) shot into the back of the cage to go up 3-1. Sophomore forward Chloe Gladu (North Reading, MA) then gathered the ball after a scrum in front and scored for Fitchburg, setting the score at 3-2 heading into halftime.
The Colonials extended the advantage to 4-2 early in the second half when Brower deflected a low lining shot from junior Lili Dickey (Westbrook, CT) into the net, good for the hat trick. Shortly thereafter, she notched her fourth goal of the game, giving her 11 on the season when she ripped a shot into the top corner off a feed from junior Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT), rounding the count out at 5-2.
WestConn returns to action for its regular season finale at non-league foe Ramapo on Friday at 3:30 p.m. with the conference postseason tournament slated to begin on October 30.