DANBURY, CT – Junior Kelsey Heaton (New Milford, CT) scored five goals and had one assist to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team to a 16-6 non-conference victory over Westfield State Thursday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Also scoring for the Colonials was senior Kirsten Hudock (Newtown, CT) with four goals. Freshman Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT) and senior Hyla Costello (Southington, CT) scored three goals apiece, and sophomore Carley Altemose (Stratford, CT) scored once.
For Westfield State, sophomore Blair Smith (Milford, MA) led with three goals. Sophomore Roni Orcutt (Granville, MA) followed with two goals, and freshman Caroline Smart (Weymouth, MA) scored once.
Costello got Western on the board first with a goal at the 23:37 mark of the first half on a nice crossing pass from Hudock.
Westfield State tied the score at 1-1 six minutes later when Smith scored her first goal of the game.
Western then went on a 6-0 run over the next 14 minutes for what appeared to be a commanding 7-1 lead.
Smith's second goal for Westfield State came with just under four minutes remaining, and when the Owls scored back to back goals in the final 20 seconds of the first half, Western's lead had been trimmed to 7-4 at intermission.
Western dominated play over the first 20 minutes of the second half, beginning with Heaton scoring in less than a minute to start the period. A Hudock goal and two more by Heaton gave Western an 11-4 lead with just over 10 minutes played in the second half.
The Owls finally found the net at the 10:22 mark of the second half to make the margin 11-5, but a 5-0 Western run pushed the Colonial advantage to 16-5 before Orcutt scored in the final minute to make the final score 16-6.
For the game, Western held a 40-24 advantage in shots, as well as a 28-21 edge in ground balls.
Colonial keeper Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, NY) made 16 saves to pick up the win. Sophomore Mimi Khampaeng (Hampden, MA) made 13 saves, but suffers the loss for Westfield State.
With the win, Western now stands at 6-5 on the season, while Westfield State falls to 6-7. The Colonials return to action Saturday, April 19, when they host Little East Conference rival Plymouth State at the Westside Athletic. Game time is slated for 12:00pm.