Western women drop home opener to Farmingdale, 18-12

Western women drop home opener to Farmingdale, 18-12

DANBURY, CT - Western Connecticut State University junior midfielder Kelsey Heaton (New Milford, CT) scored six goals, but the Colonials dropped an 18-12 decision to Farmingdale State in their home opener at The WAC on Wednesday afternoon.

Also scoring for Western were seniors Hyla Costello (Southington, CT) with three goals and Kirsten Hudock (Newtown, CT) with two goals, and freshman Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT) who scored once.

For Farmingdale State, juniors Nicole Marzocca (North Babylon, NY) and Christy Thoden (Bayport, NY) each scored five goals, and sophomore Kimberly Pepe (Levittown, NY) found the net four times.  Junior  Alyssa Handel (Medford, NY) handed out a game-high four assists.

Thoden scored in the game's second minute to give the visitors from Farmingdale State a quick 1-0 lead, but Hudock answered with an unassisted goal less than a minute later for Western.

A four-goal run by the Rams over the next eight minutes gave Farmingdale State a 5-1 lead, but Western fought back to even the score at 7-7 with three minutes remaining in the first half. 

An unassisted goal by Marzocca followed by back to back free-position markers by Pepe and Marzocca gave Farmingdale State some momentum and a 10-7 lead going into the locker room at halftime.

Heaton and Costello got things going for Western early in the second half, trimming the Farmingdale State lead to 10-9, but the Rams countered with a 7-1 run to take a commanding 17-10 lead with under eight minutes remaining.

Heaton and Costello each scored again for Western in the closing minutes, but the final margin of victory for Farmingdale State was 18-12.

For the game, Farmingdale State held a 35-30 advantage in shots, as well as a 35-32 edge in ground balls.

Colonial keeper Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, NY) made 16 saves, but suffers the loss, while freshman Krista Spagnoletta (West Islip, NY) made 13 saves to claim the victory for the Rams.

The Colonials return to action Sunday, March 16, when they take on SUNY Geneseo in Orlando, Florida.  Game time is slated for 11:00am.