MANSFIELD, Conn. – Junior Amanda Jacobsen (Stafford Springs) assisted on the tying and go-ahead goals in the first half and the Connecticut College field hockey team went on to a 3-2 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
Connecticut College (3-9) won for the second straight time in handing Eastern (7-5) only its second home loss of the year, the previous home setback coming to nationally-ranked Babson College.
Connecticut College, which has lost six matches to nationally-ranked opponents this year, erased Eastern's 1-0 lead by knotting the game five minutes after Eastern sophomore Alex Kallgren (Dudley, MA) scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season on senior Hannah Keiser's (Danbury) team-leading sixth assist of the season.
Sophomore Colbi Vaillancourt (Manchester, NH) re-directed Jacobsen's drive to tie the match 13 minutes into action, and sophomore Katlyn Paiva's (Rehoboth, MA) team-leading sixth goal of the year on Jacobsen's assist with 2:22 left in the first half gave the Camels the lead for good. Jacobsen slotted a perfect through-ball to Paiva, who stick-handled around an Eastern defender and beat Eastern junior goalie Samantha Scavo (Redding) with a sweep-shot to give Conn its first lead.
One minute into the second half, Connecticut College made it 3-1 when freshman Jamie Navoni (Natick, MA) knocked in a rebound of freshman Enya McGarry's (Woodstock MD) drive from the top of the circle which bounced off the pad of Eastern sophomore goalie Maddie LaRusso (Enfield).
Eastern, which was held without a penalty corner after taking the only one of the first half with 6:05 left, sliced the gap to one goal five minutes into the second half but could not gain the equalizer over the final 30 minutes against Conn freshman goalie Lauren Pianucci (Glen Gardner, NJ). Senior Brianna Passero's (Trumbull) fourth goal of the year was set up by senior Laura Chicorka (Enfield), who carried into the circle and snapped off a shot which Pianucci blocked. Passero crashed in to clean up the rebound.
With the score tied in the first half, Eastern senior Mackenzie Brower (Granby) prevented the Camels from moving ahead when she stopped inside the left post to clear away a shot by Paiva with 7:30 left.
Trailing 2-1 with 28 seconds left in the first half, Eastern couldn't not capitalize when Conn sophomore Jacqueline Murphy was sent off for five minutes with a yellow card.
Connecticut College managed only two penalty corners in the match – both in the second half -- the first coming with 10:50 left and the team clinging to a one-goal lead and the second coming with six minutes left. Neither resulted directly in a shot on goal.
Connecticut College outshot Eastern 16-5, with Pianucci making three saves, Scavo four and LaRusso five.
Camel Tracks Not Including Tuesday's Game
Connecticut College sophomore forward Katlyn Paiva scored 1:56 into regulation Saturday to lead the Camels past Bates College in a 1-0 victory. Colbi Vaillancourt (Manchester, N.H.) assisted on the difference making goal. First year net-minder Lauren Pianucci (Glen Gardner, N.J.) made saves in the first shutout of her career.
Paiva has scored 13 goals while dishing out four assists to account for 30 points in her first two seasons with the Camels. Sophomore Jacqueline Murphy (Danvers, Mass.) is ranked 37th nationally with four defensive saves.
For the second straight year, Connecticut College Field Hockey Coach Chrissy Needham and the Camels hosted their Play4TheCure game Saturday. The Camels raised funds for the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
"Cancer has touched the lives of many of our student-athletes and our Play4TheCure game each year is a way for us to show our support for our loved ones lost to this terrible disease as well as those currently battling it," Coach Needham said.