Colonials defeat Elms College, 2-0 behind goals from Victoria Vitale

from the desk of Chris Attwood Elms College - Sports Information Director


CHICOPEE, MA (Sept. 5) — Elms College senior goalkeeper Alexandra Bonavita (Agawam, Mass.) turned away 16 shots, but a pair of penalty corner goals by Western Connecticut State University’s Victoria Vitale (West Milford, N.J.) sparked the Colonials to a 2-0 victory in Wednesday evening’s non-conference field hockey game at Leary Field.

With the loss, Elms falls to 0-2 on the season, while Western Connecticut State improves to 2-1 overall.

Vitale netted her first goal of the contest 4:27 into play when she delivered a penalty corner service to Deanna Mastrocola (Goshen, Conn.) and then scored on a rebounded shot and save to give the Colonials a 1-0 edge.

Twelve minutes later, Western Connecticut State found itself in the same situation with Vitale connecting for a penalty corner play-in but this time, she deflected the ball into the cage off a tipped pass from Nicole Andreasen (New Fairfield, Conn.).

Despite being outshot in the contest (28-5), Elms played solid defense as sophomore midfielder Ashley Reid (Enfield, Conn.) notched two defensive saves, and sophomore defender Allie LaMonica (Salem, Mass.) one defensive save in addition to Bonavita’s 16 stops.

Freshmen defenders Abby McNulty (Bedford, Mass.) and Hannah Hellstein (Feeding Hills, Mass.) were also stellar contributors in the losing effort.

The Colonials were led defensively by Mastrocola and Christina Ferenz (Danbury, Conn.) who was credited with a defensive save, while goalkeeper Courtney Hearn (New Fairfield, Conn.) added a save to preserve the win.

Western plays host to Plymouth State University this Saturday in the Little East Conference opener for both team. Game time is 12 noon at The WAC.

Field Hockey Game Summary (Final)
2012 Western Field Hockey Statistics
Western Connecticut vs Elms College (09/05/2012 at Chicopee, Mass.)

Goals by period........ 1 2 Tot
Western Connecticut.... 2 0 2
Elms College........... 0 0 0

1 4:27 WCSU Victoria Vitale (Deanne Mastrocola) - Goal off corner
2 16:24 WCSU Victoria Vitale (Nicole Andreasen) - Goal on tipped pass from 18

Shots: Western Connecticut 28, Elms College 5
Saves: Western Connecticut 2 (Courtney Hearn 1; TEAM 1), Elms College
19 (Alexandra Bonavita 16; TEAM 3)