Warriors outshoot Framingham but are held scoreless in loss
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team has missed out on qualifying for the Little East Conference playoffs seven times in the last nine years. Many of those near-misses can be attributed to 1-0 losses.
Saturday, Eastern (1-7, 0-3 Little East) was beaten by the slimmest of margins - 1-0 - in a conference regular-season match for the 17th time in the last nine-plus years, falling by that score to Framingham State University at Maple Street Field.
For the second time this - first time in a loss -- the Warriors outshot their opponent (11-10), but that moral victory went for nothing after sophomore Demi Miskiv scored the only goal of the match midway through the second half for Framingham (3-5, 1-2 Little East).
The 1-0 win over Eastern is Framingham's second in as many year and fourth in this 12-match LEC series by that score. Eastern drops to 0-4 on the road this year while Framingham won for the first time in six games since opening the season with a 2-0 win at Regis College (MA).
The Warriors had several chances to tie the score in the second half, but Framingham junior goalkeeper Sarah Ryan stood firm and finished the game with eight saves to record her second shutout of 2011. Eastern senior Ali Chapman (Watertown) sent three of the team's 11 shots on net that were turned away by Ryan.
Eastern senior goalkeeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) made six saves.
Eastern plays its fifth home match in nine outings when it hosts Fitchburg State University in an LEC match Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Falcons placed fifth in the 12-team conference last year, losing in overtime in the opening round of the LEC playoffs. Eastern looks to end a three-match losing streak against Fitchburg.