April 19, 2008



Heard Nets Four as RIC Drops to 1-4 in Little East Action

Danbury, CT-WestConn’s lone graduating senior, Caitlin Everin (Glastonbury, CT), was honored prior to this afternoon’s game and responded with four points (three goals and one assist) as Western Connecticut State University posted its second straight win by defeating Little East Conference rival Rhode Island College, 23-10, on Saturday afternoon at the WestConn Athletic Complex.


Leading the WestConn scoring attack were sophomore Kara Kruczkiewicz (Brookfield, CT) who had eight points on five goals and three assists and senior Ashley Caruso (Northport, NY) who recorded seven points on six goals and one assist.  Also scoring for WestConn were sophomore Jessica Majeski (Norwalk, CT) with two goals, and sophomore Michelle Dombrowski (Hamden, CT) and junior Lindsey Taylor (Brookfield, CT) who each scored one goal for the victorious Colonials.


For Rhode Island College, Sherri Heard (Coventry, RI) led with four goals, followed by Kerry McDevitt (Jamestown, RI) with three, Emily Conte (North Providence, RI) with two, and Suany Almonte (Warwick, RI) who scored once in a losing effort for the Anchorwomen.



 Sherri Heard


Rhode Island College got on the board first in the game’s second minute on a goal by McDevitt.  The Colonials then scored three goals in less than one minute (two by Caruso and one by Kruczkiewicz) to take a 3-1 lead.  RIC’s Conte scored to cut the lead to 3-2, but Caruso and Kruczkiewicz responded again to extend WestConn’s lead to 5-2.  At the 16:24 mark, Heard scored for Rhode Island College, but eight consecutive WestConn goals over the next 10 minutes dashed any hopes the Anchorwomen had of mounting a comeback.  WestConn’s lead at the half was 15-6.


Rhode Island College again scored quickly to start the second half, but the Colonials answered with three straight goals to push the advantage to 18-7.  The Anchorwomen refused to quit and scored three goals in three minutes mid-way through the second half, but WestConn turned up the intensity on defense and scored the game’s final five


Sophomore Angela Vargas (Stonington, CT) made 16 saves and earn her second victory of the season in goal for the Colonials, while Hilary Switzer (Woonsocket, RI) takes the loss (3-8) for RIC.


With this afternoon’s victory, WestConn’s record stands at 2-12 (1-4 in the Little East Conference), while Rhode Island College falls to 3-8 (1-4 LEC).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Worcester State on Tuesday, Apr. 22 at 6 p.m. It will be Senior Night as McDevitt and classmates Erin Duffy (North Dighton, MA), Sydney Culbertson (North Kingstown, RI) and Marissa Kielbasinski (Windsor, CT) will be honored prior to the start of the game.