WESTCONN ROUNDUP WestConn football team remains unbeaten
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Kyle McKinnon ran for two touchdowns and David James connected with Austin Calamita on a touchdown pass as the Western Connecticut State University football team remained undefeated with a 23-13 victory at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday.
McKinnon rushed for 122 yards on 26 carries for WestConn (7-0, 4-0 MASCAC), while James completed 15 of 30 passes for 201 yards. Calamita caught six passes for 111 yards, while Lucas DeSouza caught six passes for 68 yards. Derek Jones led the WestConn defense with 10 tackles.
“We knew going in to the game that it would be highly competitive game based on how they play us every year,” WestConn coach Joe Loth said in a press release.
DANBURY — WestConn split two matches, falling to Little East Conference rival Keene State, 3-1 (25-13, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22), before beating non-league foe Potsdam, 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-16). Nicolina Chenard tallied 14 kills for WestConn (12-9, 2-3 LEC) against Keene State, while Jenna Skerritt passed out 42 assists and Alyssa Dam added four blocks. Kamari King recorded a match-high 21 kills against Potsdam, while Chenard added 10 kills and Dam and Mikayla Aubry added three blocks each.
“We started a bit sluggish and our communication was lacking in the loss to Keene State,” WestConn coach Don Ferguson said in a press release. “However, it was nice to see us finish the day strong against Potsdam. The Bears have a very good team despite what their record indicates.”
SALEM, Mass. — Kimberly Brower and Morgan Matthews each scored two goals as WestConn defeated Little East foe Salem State 6-1. WestConn scored five unanswered goals in the second half in snapping its losing streak at two games. Nora Swift and Amanda Spano each added a goal for the Colonials (9-6, 7-3 LEC) and goalkeeper Neve Manion made four saves.
“It was nice to get back on track with a win today,” WestConn coach Dani McDonnell said in a press release. “We had a slow start, which we need to address, but we finished strongly.”
DANBURY — Bailey McCollum scored off a free kick from 43 yards out to lift the Colonials to a 1-0 victory over Little East Conference opponent Keene State. McCollum, who is second on the Colonials with four goals and 13 points, was awarded the kick following one of the Owls’ eight fouls on the day.
”Bailey takes the majority of our free kicks, including the corners, because she has the ability to advance the ball a good distance,” WestConn coach Alex Harrison said in a press release. “Today was not the first time this season that she has scored from over 35 yards away.”
Freshman goalkeeper Karley Martin recorded her third consecutive shutout in her third collegiate game with two saves for the Colonials (9-6, 5-1 LEC).
KEENE, N.H. — WestConn dropped a 1-0 decision against Little East rival Keene State. Emmanuel Smith scored the lone goal for the Owls, while goalkeeper Daniel Szabo made four saves for WestConn (10-3-2, 2-2-2 LEC).