Strong second half lifts Western field hockey over Fitchburg State, 3-1


DANBURY, CT (Oct. 13) —  Junior Shelly Davies (Newtown, CT) and Kim Gigante (Bedford Hills, NY) each scored goals in the second half to break a 1-1 half-time deadlock and lift the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team to a 3-1 victory over Little East Conference rival Fitchburg State University Saturday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex.

Western got on the board first in the game’s third minute on a nicely executed corner by seniors Victoria Vitale (West Milford, NJ) and Deanne Mastrocola (Goshen, CT).  Vitale took the corner and played it outside the arc to Mastrocola.  With the attention of the defenders and the goalie on Matrocola, Vitale took the opportunity to slip behind the defense.  Mastrocola deliver a hard pass back to Vitale who redirected the ball into the goal for a 1-0 Western lead.  Ten minutes later, Fitchburg State evened the score at 1-1 when freshman Erin Morrossey (Hubbardston, MA) deflected a pass from senior Jamie Kelley (Pepperell, MA) past the Western keeper.  After 35 minutes of play, the score remained knotted at 1-1.

After Western took a shot on the opening possession of the second half, more than 13 minutes elapsed before either team produced another scoring threat.  At the 48:35 mark, Davies drove the ball into the arc to the right of the goal, worked past the Fitchburg State defense, and rifled a shot that banged off the back of the goal for a 2-1 Western lead.  With just over five minutes remaining to play, Gigante gave the Colonials a little breathing room when her shot from just inside the arc deflected off a Fitchburg State defender and into the goal, giving Western a 3-1 final margin of victory.  

For the game, Western held a 14 to 9 advantage in shots, and also a slight 6-5 edge in penalty corners.  Junior Courtney Hearn (New Fairfield, CT) finished with six saves to pick up the win for Western, while sophomore Lucy Holewa (Londonderry, NH) also made six saves, but in a losing effort for Fitchburg State.

With the win, Western’s season record now stands at 5-8, and 3-5 in the Little East Conference.  Fitchburg State falls to 5-8, 2-6 in the LEC.

The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, October 17th, when they host Little East Conference and in-state rival Eastern Connecticut at the WAC.  Game time is slated for 7:00pm.

Field Hockey Game Summary (Final)
Fitchburg State (5-8, 2-6 LEC) vs. Western Connecticut (5-8, 3-5 LEC)

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Fitchburg State.....  1  0 -  1
 Western Connecticut.  1  2 -  3
  1.   3:28 WCSU Victoria Vitale (7) (Deanne Mastrocola) - Corner kick
  2.  13:05 FIT Erin Morrissey (Jamie Kelley) - Corner kick
  3.  48:35 WCSU Shelly Davies (1) (unassisted)
  4.  64:16 WCSU Kim Gigante (Mastrocola)

 Shots: Fitchburg State 9, Western Connecticut 14
 Saves: Fitchburg State 8 (Lucy Holewa 8), Western Connecticut 6 (Courtney Hearn 6)