GORHAM, Maine – Kimberly Brower redirected a centering pass from Carly Matasavage in the 61st minute to lead the Western Connecticut State University Colonials to a 3-2 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Western Connecticut extends its win-streak to three games and improves to 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine suffers its second consecutive loss and drops to 5-6 overall and 3-3 in the LEC.
Brower's third goal of the season and her first game-winning goal of 2018 snapped a 2-2 tie and halted a surging Huskies' squad late in regulation. Western held a 2-0 lead after the half scoring on its only two scoring attempts of the first half capitalizing on breakaways. Matasavage put the Colonials ahead 1-0 in the eighth minute, collecting the ball near midfield and carrying it through the Huskies' last line of defense before slotting the ball to the far side of the cage for her third goal of the season. Seven minutes later, Allie Noteware cleared the Huskies' midfield with a through ball to the center of the circle onto the stick of Morgan Matthews for a 2-0 Colonial lead, which would stand through the break. Matthews' goal was her team-leading eighth of the season.
Southern Maine increased its pressure in the second half and broke through for its first goal of the game in the 45th minute. Freshman Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) hustled to get her stick on the ball off of a centering pass from senior Dorina Sirois to make it a one-goal game. Sirois then found the equalizer in the 54th tipping the ball in off of an assist from junior Maggie Redman for a 2-2 game. Ellis' goal was her fifth of the season, while Sirois' was her fourth.
With the score knotted up at two goals a piece, USM continued to pressure for the go-ahead goal, but Western countered off of a penalty corner to earn the win. Matasavage carried the ball down the near side of the field and hit a line drive into the circle for a 3-2 situation for the Colonials, finding Browner on the far post for the game-winner.
Western Connecticut sophomore Neve Manion (Newington, Conn.) earned the win making four saves for the Colonials. USM freshman Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) made two saves in the loss. USM had an 11-6 advantage in shots, and an 8-3 lead in penalty corners for the game.
Southern Maine travels for its next contest and will face Little East Conference opponent Framingham State (4:30 p.m.) on Tuesday.
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