Gladu nets two goals in win
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University field hockey team scored a 3-1 win over the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University in Little East Conference action on a cold and rainy Saturday morning at Elliot Field.
Score: Fitchburg State University 3, Eastern Connecticut State 1
Records: Fitchburg State University (8-6, 5-3 LEC), Eastern Connecticut State (4-7, 4-5 LEC)
How It Happened
The Falcons tipped the twine just 3:42 into the game for an early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Chloe Gladu (North Reading, Mass.) picked a rebound off the pads of Warriors netminder Keira Integlia (Branford, Conn.) for her second goal of the season.
The Warriors knotted the score late in the first half when Khiara Valentine (Morristown, NJ) made and initial rush and drove a goal inside the far corner past Falcons goaltender Abby Bryant (Ware, Mass.) for the 1-1 score.
The Green and Gold wasted little time breaking the stalemate in the second half. With heavy offensive pressure, senior Maggie Gallagher (North Attleboro, Mass.) made a sweet cross pass across the goalmouth that freshman Emma Barnaby (Leominster, Mass.) tucked under the sprawling goalie.
Gladu added an insurance goal for the Falcons, with 10 minutes to play in the second stanza. The midfielder tipped a shot from junior Olivia Grant (Portsmouth, NH) off a set-corner play for her second goal of the game and the 3-1 final.
Inside the Numbers
- Bryant made 2 saves for her fourth win of the season while Integlia stopped 6 shots in the loss.
- Fitchburg State University held the advantage in shots (15-5) and each team has six corners.
- The Falcon Field Hockey team donned pink warm-up t-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness and #Play4theCure. The team raised over $500 for the cause.
- This morning's contest will mark 19th meeting between the two teams in the sport of field hockey with the Falcons currently 10-9-0 all-time when taking on the Warriors.
- Eastern Connecticut State has won five of the last six contests with Fitchburg State, including a 3-1 decision last season at the Mansfield Athletic Complex.
The Falcons hit the road on Tuesday evening when they travel to Keene State for a crucial LEC match-up starting at 6:30pm. Eastern Conn. will play at Western Conn. at 7:00 pm on the same night.