PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Each of the top-four seeds int he 2017 Little East Conference Field Hockey Championship Tournament advanced to the semifinals following quarterfinal victories on opening weekend.
No. 1 WORCESTER STATE 5, No. 8 WESTERN CONNECTICUT 2 | Box Score
The Lancers scored each of the first five goals of the match on their way to a 5-2 win. Junior Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) got host Worcester State on the board 10:24 into the game and then capped its scoring run in the 58th minute with her second goal of the game. Senior Jolane Thibault (Douglas, Mass.) and freshman Rachel Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) each had a goal and an assist in the match.
Sophomore Morgan Matthews (Bethel, Conn.) broke up the Lancers' shutout bid just 10 seconds following Parent's second goal. Classmate Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, Conn.) also scored for the Colonials with three minutes left in the contest.
Senior Kathryn Salemme (Boxborough, Mass.) recorded four saves to earn the decision in goal for Worcester State. Freshman Neve Manion (Newington, Conn.) had eight stops while taking the loss in cage for Western Connecticut.
No. 2 KEENE STATE 6, No. 7 BRIDGEWATER STATE 2 | Box Score
The two teams traded goals in the early going, with junior Julia Babbitt (Haddam, Conn.) getting the host Owls on the board just 2:34 into the match and freshman Emma Daly (Foxborough, Mass.) answering at 11:01 for the Bears. Freshman Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.) put Keene State back out in front for good with the first of her game-high three goals in the 16th minute, and found the back of the cage again in the 22nd minute to give the Owls a 3-1 lead at the half.
Keene State's lead grew to 6-1 before Bridgewater State junior Julianne Kilduff (Bellingham, Mass.) capped the scoring in the game with five minutes to go for the 6-2 final.
Freshman Rachel Loseby (Hartford, Vt.) totaled six saved to record the win in the cage for the Owls. Junior Allison Chappell (Raynham, Mass.) totaled 11 saves while taking the loss in goal for the Bears.
No. 3 PLYMOUTH STATE 4, No. 6 UMASS DARTMOUTH 2 | Box Score
Plymouth State trailed 2-1 at the conclusion of the first half, which saw UMass Dartmouth juniors Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) and Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.) both found the back of the cage for the Corsairs in a span of 3:17 in the later stages of the frame. The Panthers dominated the second half, outshooting the Corsairs 16-5, and drew even on senior Lily Davis' (Boscawen, N.H.) tally with 14:10 remaining. Senior Katie Martin (Waterbury, Conn.) gave Plymouth State a 3-2 lead eight minutes later and freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) added an insurance goal with 2:10 left for the 4-2 final.
Senior Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) totaled seven saves in the game for the Panthers. Senior Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) also stopped seven shots for the Corsairs.
No. 4 WESTFIELD STATE 6, No. 5 EASTERN CONNECTICUT 1 | Box Score
The game was scoreless until the 28th minute when sophomore Cora Rogers (Milford, N.H.) got the host Owls on the board off a feed from freshman Marina Small (South Harwich, Mass.), but that lead didn't last long as junior Erin Sheehan (North Branford, Conn.) answered with an unassisted tally for the Warriors five minutes later to tie the match at 1-1.
Westfield State regained the lead for good with just one second left in the opening half after freshman Brianah Parker (Sutton, Mass.) found the back of the cage with the first of five unanswered Owl goals. Rogers scored the second of her game-high three goals 2:07 into the second half, and four the back of the cage against 10 minutes into the frame. Seniors Rachel Bunce (East Dennis, Mass.) and Megan Evans (Enfield, Conn.) also scored in the second half for Westfield.
Freshman Molly Duff-Still (Hatchville, Mass.) needed to make just three saves to earn the win in goal. Sophomore Madison Renaud (Somers, Conn.) also had three stops in taking the loss for Eastern Connecticut.
2017 LEC Championship Tournament Schedule
Friday, October 27 - 3. Plymouth State 4, 6. UMass Dartmouth 2 - Box Score
Saturday, October 28 - 1. Worcester State 5, 8. Western Connecticut 2 - Box Score
Saturday, October 28 - 2. Keene State 6, 7. Bridgewater State 2, Box Score
Saturday, October 28 - 4. Westfield State 6, 5. Eastern Connecticut 1, Box Score
Semifinal Round – Wednesday, November 1
No. 1 Worcester State vs. No. 4 Westfield State
No. 2 Keene State vs. No. 3 Plymouth State
Championship Round – Saturday, November 4
NOTE: All games hosted at higher seed.