Fitchburg notch first conference win in LEC Clash
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University field hockey team scored the 2-1 shootout victory over the Owls of Westfield State University in Little East Conference (LEC) action this evening at Elliot Field.
Score: Fitchburg State 2, Westfield State 1 (SO)
Records: Fitchburg State (2-11, 1-6 LEC) | Westfield State (4-9, 1-5 LEC)
How It Happened
Westfield's best opportunity of the first half occurred in the second quarter when sophomore Cheryl Latona (Granby, Conn.) redirected a pass from outside the circle, however freshman Falcon netminder Colleen Lamprey (Cherry Valley, Mass.) made a spectacular save to keep the game knotted at 0-0.
Fitchburg State notched the only marker of the first half with just 3 ticks on the clock. Executing their only offensive corner of the frame, freshman Hannah Walters (Danielson, Conn.) tipped in her first collegiate tally off an initial drive from the top of the circle from classmate Sophia Sousa (Dartmouth, Mass.).
Following a scoreless 3rd period, the Owls tied the game with just over three minutes remaining in the contest. Freshman Sophie Morini (Florence, Mass.) nicked a crossing pass to sophomore Allie Giguere (Lynn, Mass.) who deposited the ball into the open net for her sixth goal of the season.
After a pair of scoreless overtime periods the teams headed to shootout. Both teams notched goals in round one with Sousa and Latona scoring respectively. Junior Sophia Laperle (Auburn, Mass.) opened round two with a goal for the Falcons, while Lamprey shut the door on the Westfield attempt. Senior Olivia Grant (Portsmouth, NH) sealed the victory for the green and gold in round four.
Inside the Numbers
- This evening's contest will marked the 41st meeting between the two teams in the sport of field hockey with the Falcons currently 16-25 all-time when taking on the Owls.
- In the cage, Lamprey stopped 23 shots for the Falcons for her second win of the season, while sophomore Riley Goulet (Marion, Mass.) made four saves in the loss for the Owls.
- Sousa collected a pair of defensive saves for Fitchburg State.
- Westfield held a 29-7 margin in shots, while also finishing with a 16-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Falcons are off until next Tuesday night (10/15) when they will travel to Keene State to take on the Owls for a LEC tilt at 6:30 PM. Westfield will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday for an LEC matchup, starting at noon.