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Owls Clipped By Falcons In Shootout, 2-1

Owls Clipped By Falcons In Shootout, 2-1

FITCHBURG,Mass. -- The Westfield State University field hockey team dropped a 2-1 shootout bout with Fitchburg State University in Little East Conference (LEC) action this evening at Elliot Field.

This evening's contest will marked the 41st meeting between the two teams in the sport of field hockey with the Owls holding the 25-15 advantage all-time.

That margin slimmed tonight as Westfield drops to 4-9 overall (1-5 LEC), while Fitchburg picks up their first LEC win of the year, improving 1-6 in the confernce (2-11 overall).

Westfield State held an astounding 29-7 margin in shots on the night, but Falcon goalkeeper Colleen Lamprey (Cherry Valley, Mass.) stopped 23 of the 24 Owl shots on net for her second win of the season.

The Owls best opportunity of the first half occurred in the second quarter when sophomore Cheryl Latona (Granby, Conn.) redirected a pass from outside the circle, however freshman Falcon netminder Colleen Lamprey (Cherry Valley, Mass.) made a spectacular save to keep the game knotted at 0-0.  

Fitchburg State notched the only marker of the first half with just 3 ticks on the clock. Executing their only offensive corner of the frame, freshman Hannah Walters (Danielson, Conn.) tipped in her first collegiate tally off an initial drive from the top of the circle from classmate Sophia Sousa (Dartmouth, Mass.).

Following a scoreless 3rd quarter, the Owls tied the game with just over three minutes remaining in the contest. Freshman Sophie Morini (Florence, Mass.) nicked a crossing pass to sophomore Allie Giguere (Lynn, Mass.) who deposited the ball into the open net for her sixth goal of the season.

After a pair of scoreless overtime periods the teams headed to shootout. Both teams notched goals in round one with Sousa and Latona scoring respectively. Junior Sophia Laperle (Auburn, Mass.) opened round two with a goal for the Falcons, while Lamprey shut the door on the Westfield attempt.  Senior Olivia Grant (Portsmouth, NH) sealed the victory for the green and gold in round four.

Westfield held an astounding 29-7 margin in shots on the night, but Lamprey stopped 23 of the 24 Owl shots on net for her second win of the season.

Westfield will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday for an LEC matchup, starting at noon.


Story courtesy of  Bettiann Michalik, FSU sports information