MANSFIELD, Conn. – The fourth-seeded Beacons of UMass Boston saw their 2017 season come to a close as they were handed a 3-0 loss by the top-seeded Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University Thursday evening at Mansfield Sports Complex in the semi-final round of the Little East Conference Tournament.
#4 UMass Boston 0, #1 Eastern Connecticut State University 3
UMass Boston (6-12-2)
Eastern Connecticut State (9-7-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Eastern Connecticut would record all three of their goals in the final 55 minutes of the contest. After the Beacons held the host Warriors scoreless in the first half, ECSU notched their first goal of the night on a free kick from Aly Clarke.
The Warriors then netted their final two goals in a span of 4:06 to secure a spot in Saturday's championship. ECSU will face the second-seeded Colonials of Western Connecticut State University on Saturday in Mansfield, with the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
Defensively the Beacons did everything they could to limit the ECSU offense. Unfortunately, the Beacons were unable to register one shot in Thursday's tournament loss. The Warriors registered 23 shots in the win, with 15 of them coming in the second half.
Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) made seven saves in the final match of her junior season. Thursday's match marked the final on in the careers of Kerri Alexander (Carver, Mass.), Cassie Levesque (Methuen, Mass.), and Jessi Beverlin (Eagle River, Alaska).
BY THE NUMBERS
- Thursday's match marked the ninth time in program history that the Beacons advanced to the semi-final round of the Little East Conference Tournament
- UMass Boston doubled their win total from last season, and earned their best regular season finish, fourth, since the 2015 season, when they earned third-seed in the tournament.
- With the win Eastern Connecticut extended their win-streak over the Beacons to four straight after earning a 5-1 win over UMB in the regular season
- The Beacons last win over the Warriors came on November 6, 2014 in the form of a 5-2 victory