KEENE, NH - Seniors Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) and Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) each scored a goal, but the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team fell to Keene State College, 4-2 in the Little East Conference Championships semifinals on Thursday afternoon.
Matthews put the Colonials up 1-0 at the 7:54 mark after finishing off a pass from classmate Lili Dickey (Westbrook, CT).
The Owls, now 15-7 and the tournament's second seed, move onto the LEC championship game and face top seed Worcester State, which defeated Southern Maine, 3-2 in overtime on Thursday, on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts evened the score at 1-1 when Kelsey Roberts was on the scoring end of Nina Bruno's assist at the 11:06 mark of the first quarter.
With just 48 seconds remaining in the first stanza, Ally McCall put Keene State up, 2-1 after she converted a pass from Maggie Cahoon.
Matasavage hooked up with Matthews for the game-tying goal in the 35th minute of play, but it was the last marker for the visitors.
Bruno would score what proved to be the game-winning goal, an unassosted marker with 55 remaining in the third quarter. She later assisted on Clara Hunkins insurance goal with 5:09 elapsed in the final period.
WestConn's Neve Manion (Newington, CT) was spectacular in the cage for the Colonials. She made 15 saves, many coming from point-blank distance in the goal mouth.
Rachel Loseby earned the victory in goal for the Owls. She made two saves.
KSC out shot the Colonials, 27-7 on the afternoon.
"It was an amazing effort by our team throughout the game," acknowledge WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell. "They fought to the end. I am so proud of our team."
The Colonials best season in program history comes to a close at 15-5.