Western Connecticut vs. Keene State
April 15, 2006
The Game Story:
DANBURY, CT Western Connecticut State University junior attack John Stashenko (Norwalk, CT) scored four goals but it was not enough as the Colonials fell to Little East Conference rival Keene State College, 16-11, today at the WAC in Danbury.
The Colonials (5-7, 1-3) and the Owls (9-1, 4-0) were very evenly matched in the first quarter, but two goals by Owls freshman attack Tony Santa Fe and one by junior attack Sean Panora gave the Owls a 3-2 lead after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the Colonials tied the game at three goals apiece as sophomore midfielder Dennis Skarda (Danbury, CT) tallied an unassisted goal with 13:35 to go in the half. The Owls then began to pull away, going on a 7-0 run to end the quarter including three more goals by Panora including the final goal of the half with just two seconds showing on the clock to give the Owls a 10-3 halftime lead.
Keene State picked up right where they left off in the third quarter scoring the first two goals of the frame to take a commanding 12-3 lead with 9:14 remaining on the clock. The Colonials refused to go away, however, as they scored the final five goals of the third quarter, to make it a 12-8 game, as Stashenko scored his second goal of the game and sophomore midfielder Brian Gildae (Norwalk, CT) also had two goals.
With 13:27 to go in the fourth quarter, Stashenko made it a three goal game, 12-9. The three goal differential would be as close as the Colonials would come, however, as the game was evenly played for the remainder of the contest leading to a 16-11 victory for the Owls. Keene State goal keeper Matt Johnson made 19 saves for the victory.
WestConn travels to UMass Boston on Saturday, April 22 for a Little East Conference match-up against the Beacons; the game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.