Western falls at New Paltz, 2-0 in season opener

from the desk of Brian Savard - New Paltz SID


NEW PALTZ, NY (Sept. 1) —  A goal in each half propelled the State University of New York at New Paltz field hockey team (1-0) to a 2-0, non-conference victory over Western Connecticut State University (0-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Turf Field. Junior midfielder/forward Danielle Conklin (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) and junior defender Alyssa Stock (Morris Plains, N.J./Whippany Park) each scored for the Hawks in the winning effort.

Just 7:38 into the game, Conklin recorded a goal off a pass from freshman forward Dani Ackerman (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East), who was to the right of the cage. The Hawks controlled the ball for most of the first half, as New Paltz took a 1-0 lead and a 7-1 shot margin into the halftime intermission.

Western Connecticut had a few scoring opportunities in the first five minutes of the second stanza, as it took five penalty corners and got off three shots, one of which was on goal, during that span. That would be the Colonials’ best stretch of the half, as New Paltz tacked on an insurance score at 59:02. Stock ripped a shot from the upper left-hand side of the arc and rattled the back of the cage, scoring unassisted.

The Hawks held a 16-5 edge in shots and also took 12 penalty corners to the Colonials’ seven. All seven of Western Connecticut’s attempted penalty corners came in the second half.

Junior goalkeeper Antonija Pjetri (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) collected the win and the shutout, going a full 70 minutes in net and turning aside two shots. Freshman Kaeley DeNegre (North Brandford, CT) was saddled with the loss for Western Connecticut, giving up two goals and making seven saves.

The Colonials host Wheelock College in their home opener on Sunday, September 2. Face off is slated for 12 noon.

Field Hockey Game Summary (Final)
2012 Western Field Hockey Statistics
Western Connecticut vs New Paltz (Sep 01, 2012 at New Paltz, NY)

Western Connecticut (0-1) vs. New Paltz (1-0)
Date: Sep 01, 2012 Attendance: 115
Weather: 82*F, sunny, wind N @ 6 mph

Goals by period........ 1 2 Tot
Western Connecticut.... 0 0 0
New Paltz.............. 1 1 2

1 7:38 NPFH Danielle Conklin (1) (Dani Ackerman)
2 59:02 NPFH Alyssa Stock (1) (unassisted)

Shots: Western Connecticut 5, New Paltz 16
Saves: Western Connecticut 7 (Kaeley DeNegre 7), New Paltz 2 (Antonija Pjetri 2)