DANBURY, Conn.—Western Connecticut State University goalie Daniel Szabo made two saves, to lead the host #4 Colonials past #5 UMass Boston 4-3 in penalty kicks on Tuesday night in the Little East Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.
#4 Western Connecticut State 0, #5 UMass Boston 0 (2 OT, WCSU 4-3 PKS)
(UMass Boston 12-3-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After 110 scoreless minutes, the two teams who have combined to win the last five LEC Tournament Championships squared off in a best-of-five penalty kicks.
Western Connecticut State got off to a 1-0 lead when Mikey Sciortino connected on his penalty. The Colonials got a huge stop from Szabo to keep it 1-0, when he dove to his right to make a strong save on Rafael DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.)
Senior Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) came up with a huge stop on Szabo in a keeper-vs-keeper showdown to give the Beacons life.
John Santos (Brockton, Mass.) stepped up calmly to the line and scored to make it 3-3 heading into the fifth and final shooter.
Western's Matthew Restrepo connected for the Colonials, before Szabo denied Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) to win it for the Colonials.
Castro-Dreher made five saves over 110 minutes to earn his ninth shutout of the season.
UMass Boston managed just eight shots in the contest, with Nick Fontana (Marshfield, Mass.) pacing the Beacons with three shots.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Western outshot the Beacons 22-8 and held a 5-0 edge in shots on goal. The Colonials earned a 10-3 edge in corner kicks.
- UMass Boston and the Colonials have now tied each of their last three meetings. The Beacons are 7-1-3 against Western Connecticut State since 2010.
- Castro-Dreher finishes his career as the program's all-time leader for goalies in games played (66), games started (66), minutes played (5900:49), wins (36), shutouts (27) and goals against average (0.87). He also ranks fifth in total saves (230) and eighth in save percentage (.801).
- The Beacons set a new program record for fewest goals allowed (12 goals) and goals allowed average (0.60). The Beacons also tied the 1984 team for the most ties in a single-season (four).
- Jake Beverlin finishes his seventh season with the Beacons with a record of 89-39-15.
- Tuesday night's game marked the final contest for the Beacons seven seniors in a UMass Boston uniform.
UMass Boston is scheduled to return 18 players for the 2020 season.