MANSFIELD, CT – After cruising to a league victory at Salem State on Saturday, the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team earned yet another Little East Conference win on Wednesday as they shut out archrival host Eastern Connecticut, 4-0, at Rick McCarthy Field. Senior Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) paced the Colonials with two goals and assist.
The visitors outshot the hosts, 10-3, while also holding a commanding edge in penalty corners, 10-5. With the win, WestConn upped their program record for victories in a season, improving to 13-3 overall and 9-1 in LEC play, while the Warriors sank to 4-11 and 3-7.
The Colonials jumped on top just 1:16 into the game when Matthews netted her team-best 13th goal of the year.
WestConn extended the lead to 3-0 with a pair of scoring strikes in the second quarter. Junior forward Amanda Spano (Mahopac, NY) found the back of the cage before classmate Helen Heyse (Norwich, CT) added another, assisted by Matthews.
Junior Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, NY) found Matthews for her second goal of the game late in the third quarter to wrap up the scoring column.
WestConn junior goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) was hardly tested, finishing with a pair of saves while improving to 12-3 overall.
"It was a nice road win for us. Another strong effort from the entire group both on the field and sidelines," state WestConn head coach Dani McDonell following the win.
The Colonials will look to extend the win streak when they host conference foe Bridgewater State on Saturday at Noon.