Western runs away from Westfield State to claim 20-10 win

Box Score

DANBURY, CT (Apr. 19) — The Western Connecticut State University women’s lacrosse team scored the game’s final six goals to pull away down the stretch in a 20-10 non-conference win over Westfield State University Thursday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex.

Junior Devon Edwards (Islip, NY) led all scorers with six goals, followed by junior Nicole Perrone (Brookfield, CT) with four.  Senior Kaitlyn Arconti (Danbury, CT) scored three goals, while sophomore Hyla Costello (Southington, CT), junior Emily Brooks (Kingston, NY), and sophomore Kirsten Hudock (Newtown, CT) scored two goals each. Junior Lindsay Gorman (Killingworth, CT) added one goal for the Colonials.

For Westfield State, senior Carly Keeley (Feeding Hills, MA) scored four goals followed by Maura Stack (Wilbraham, MA) with two.  Amanda Bouchard (Lexington, MA), Nicole DiPilato (Shrewsbury, MA), Sarah Giardino (Foxboro, MA), and Ronica Proulx (Southbridge, MA) each scored once.

Scoring throughout the first half was fast and furious with a total of 21 goals scored.  Westfield State got things rolling when Stack scored an unassisted goal after two minutes had been played, but Western scored the game’s next six goals in four minutes, to run out to a 6-1 lead.  An unassisted goal by Costello later pushed the Western lead to 9-3, but Westfield State fought back by outscoring the Colonials 5-2 over the next 10 minutes.  With just under three minutes remaining in the half, Gorman and Perrone scored back to back goals to give Western a 13-8 lead at the half.

Brooks pushed the Western margin back to six goals in the fifth minute of the second half, but Westfield State scored two goals in under one minute to close the gap to 14-10.  Edwards began Western’s decisive run by converting a free-position chance with 13 minutes remaining, and when the final horn sounded, the Colonials had scored six straight times and captured a 20-10 victory.

Sophomore goalkeeper Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, NY) made 16 saves for the Colonials, to claim the victory, while freshman Hannah Joyce (Acton, MA) had six saves for the Owls in a losing effort.

With the win, Western stands at 10-4 on the season, while Westfield State falls to 7-6.  The Colonials return to action on Saturday, April 21, when they host Little East Conference rival Plymouth State.  Game time is slated for Noon.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Westfield State (7-6) vs. Western Connecticut (10-4)

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
Westfield State.....  8  2 - 10
Western Connecticut. 13  7 - 20

Westfield State SCORING: GOALS: Carly Keeley 4; Maura Stack 2; Amanda Bouchard 1; Nicole DiPilato 1; Sarah Giardino 1; Ronica Proulx 1. ASSISTS: Amanda Bouchard 1; Bridget Everett 1; Carly Keeley 1; Lee Meskevich 1.

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Devon Edwards 6; Nicole Perrone 4; Kaitlyn Arconti 3; Emily Brooks 2; Hyla Costello 2; Kirsten Hudock 2; Lindsay Gorman 1. ASSISTS: Jessica Bouwman 3; Edwards 3; Gorman 1; Perrone 1.

SHOTS - Westfield State 30; Western Connecticut 30.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Westfield State 26; Western Connecticut 26.

GOALIES - WES: Hannah Joyce 7-6 (60:00 minutes, 26 shots-6 saves, 20 GA);
WCSUWL: Karli Portnoy 10-4 (60:00, 26-16, 10).