PROVIDENCE, RI –Visiting Eastern Connecticut State scored all of its goals in the second half on its way to victory over the Johnson & Wales University field hockey team. The Warriors defeated the Wildcats, 3-2, on Tuesday.
Eastern Connecticut State: 4-6
Johnson & Wales: 2-7
Kaylyn Forest (JWU): 1 Goal
Khiara Valentine (ECSU): 2 Goals
The Wildcats got on the board in the 13th minute. Off the penalty corner, Natalie Rivas (Andover, N.J.) flipped the ball over the ECSU goalie and Kaylyn Forest (Amherst, N.H.) batted it out of the air for her first score of the season.
After ECSU tied the game at 1-1, Mackenzie DeLaney (Virginia Beach, Va.) gave the Wildcats the lead back. She pulled the ball out a scrum in front of the net and fired it home from three years out.
Twice Khiara Valentine tied the game for the Warriors. Alex Kallgren slid her the ball for a score less than five minutes into the second half. Following Delaney's goal, Valentine evened the game again when she put back her own rebound at the 47:32 mark.
The game was on the verge of overtime, but the Warriors came up with the winning goal in the 67th minute. Tia LaFrance Boyce got the ball in front of the goal, spun to her left and fired a shot past JWU keeper Claire Nolan (West Bridgewater, Mass.) for the winning goal.
Each team took 14 shots, but the Warriors were able to get more shots on goal. Johnson & Wales could not take advantage of a 10-13 advantage in penalty corners.
The Wildcats are back at home on Saturday when they host Regis at 2:30 p.m. It's their Big Game – with a great raffle prize at halftime – as well as their Breast Cancer Awareness game. JWU is accepting donations at the game.