DANBURY, Conn. – A pair of Kaleigh Panek goals carried the top-seeded Colonials of Western Connecticut State University to the program's fourth straight Little East Conference Tournament title as they defeated the third-seeded Beacons by the final of 2-0 Saturday afternoon at the WAC.
#3 UMass Boston 0, #1 Western Connecticut State University 2
UMass Boston (14-7-1)
Western Connecticut State (14-8-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With Saturday's loss the Beacons see their most successful season in over five years come to an end with their first 14-win season since the 2013 campaign. UMass Boston was making their third Little East Conference Tournament championship appearance on Saturday, and it was the second time that UMB faced the Colonials for the title.
Panek, got the Colonials on the scoreboard in the 10th minute of the affair, when floated in a shot from 18 yards out, after she received a pass from Lucy Daniels.
After the goal, the two teams would spend most of the time battling in the middle-third of the field. UMB did have their fair share of chances but fell just short as WCSU held their slim 1-0 advantage into the halftime break.
In the second half, UMB picked-up the intensity as they outshot the Colonials 11-8 but were unable to get the ball past Karly Martin. Martin posted 10 saves in the shutout win.
Panek, who was named the Tournament MVP, sealed the win for WCSU less than nine minutes into the second half, when she knocked-in a pass from Alexandra DeLuca.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the day, UMB finished with 15 total shots, 10 on goal, while WCSU recorded 19 shots, 10 of which were also on goal as well
- Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.) made eight saves in her first LEC Tournament championship appearance
- The two teams each recorded four corner kicks
- The last time WCSU and UMB met in the title game was in 2012 when the Beacons earned a 1-0 victory on their way to the program's first LEC crown
- Saturday's match marked the final in the careers of Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.), Kate Leavitt (Plymouth, Mass.) and Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.)