DANBURY, CT – The Western Connecticut State University field hockey squad tallied a pair of goals with less than two minutes remaining en route to a 4-1 non-conference victory over visiting Elms College on Wednesday night. Four different Colonials netted goals as the team improved to 3-0 overall. Elms dropped to 0-2.
The Blazers broke the ice less than 10 minutes into the contest when sophomore Erin Thibodeau (East Longmeadow, MA) took a pass from rookie Katelyn Jones (San Diego, CA) and found the back of the cage.
The game remained deadlocked until the final quarter. Senior Lili Dickey (Westbrook, CT) ripped a low liner that was deflected into the top corner of the net by junior Amanda Spano (Mahopac, NY), putting the Colonials ahead for good.
Elms had chances to tie it up but stellar defensive break ups from sophomore Madison McColl (Rutland, MA) kept the Blazers from notching the equalizer.
WestConn cemented the win when reigning LEC Offensive Player of the Week Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) smashed a backhander of the back the box, good for her team-leading third goal of the season. Shortly thereafter, junior forward Helen Heyse (Norwich, CT) rounded the scoring out at 4-1 with an unassisted tally.
"It was a very slow start to the game. We were working hard but not connecting in our offensive circle," stated WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell. "After getting the equalizer, we carried a little more confidence into the second half but Elms did put together a strong defensive effort that kept us quiet for most of the contest," she added.
Junior goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) improved to 3-0 while stopping a pair of shots for the hosts, while rookie Nora Newman (Woburn, MA) dropped to 0-2 for the Blazers and turned aside seven.
The Colonials return to action at non-league foe Regis on Saturday at Noon.