MANSFIELD, Conn. --(Bob Molta, ECSU) Sophomore forward Hannah Keiser (Danbury) tied the Eastern Connecticut State University season record with her 12th goal of the season to power the Warriors to a 1-0 non-conference victory over Connecticut College Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
Keiser scored from in close with 5:30 gone in the match following a penalty corner by senior midfielder Finley Ahearn (Wallingford), who recorded her team-leading sixth assist of the season.
The win is the first for Eastern (7-7) over Conn (3-7) in this seven-game series and snaps a three-game Eastern losing streak. Conn has dropped its last six.
Eastern controlled play throughout most of the match, with the Camels managing only two shots in the second half. On a second-half shot by Conn sophomore midfielder Maggie Schroeder (Fox Point, WI) ten minutes into the second half, Eastern sophomore back Jessica Oliveira (Danbury) kept Conn off the board with a defensive save. With eight minutes left, Conn sent the ball into the circle, but junior forward Maggie Rakovic (Narragansett, RI) fanned twice on shot while directly in front of Eastern freshman keeper Samanta Scavo (Redding).
Both teams had six shots and Scavo and Connecticut College junior Becca Napolitano (Hamden) were both credited with four saves. The Camels maintained a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners.
Eastern returns to Little East Conference play Saturday at Keene State College at 1:30 p.m.
Eastern's starting defense of Oliveira, senior Kelly Gawron (Ramsey, NJ), sophomore Mackenzie Brower (Granby) and freshman Alexandra Steward (Old Saybrook) kept the visitors from mounting consistent offensive threats.
Camel Tracks (Not Including Wednesday's Game): Senior Laura Sanderson (Hanover, N.H.) was impressive in Saturday's loss, scoring twice for the Camels at Tufts. Sanderson has three goals and six points this year. Sunday afternoon, Jillian Dahrooge (Charlton, Mass.) accounted for her fifth goal of the season. Dahrooge leads the Camels with five goals and one assist for a total of 11 points. Becca Napolitano (Hamden, Conn.) has turned aside 63 shots in the cage and is tied for second in NESCAC saves this fall.