Field Hockey: Defense Sparks Warriors to Third Straight Little East Shutout

Brianna Passero (4) moves the ball in the first half against Worcester's Michaila Parent in the Warriors' 1-0 Little East Conference win Saturday at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Passero scored the only goal midway through the second half, giving her ten goals in her last 13 matches dating back to last year.
Brianna Passero (4) moves the ball in the first half against Worcester's Michaila Parent in the Warriors' 1-0 Little East Conference win Saturday at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Passero scored the only goal midway through the second half, giving her ten goals in her last 13 matches dating back to last year.

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Senior goalie Samantha Scavo (Redding) ran her scoreless streak to 195 minutes and graduate student Brianna Pasero (Trumbull) scored her team-leading fifth goal midway through the second half to carry the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team to its third straight shutout win, 1-0, over Worcester State University in a Little East Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

The conference win is the third straight for Eastern (5-3, 4-1 LEC),which had been beaten 12 of the previous 14 times by Worcester (5-4, 3-1 LEC). The Lancers, who had entered play as one of two unbeaten in the conference, lost for the first time in four matches.

Defending conference playoff champion Keene State College is the LEC's lone unbeaten (4-0), with Eastern and Plymouth State University sharing second place and Worcester fourth.

Passero, who had managed only four goals and eight points through the first 15 matches of last year, now has ten goals and 22 points in her last 13 matching dating back to last Oct. 28. The game-winner was her second of the year.

Scavo made three saves in lowering her goals-against average to 1.00 and upped her save percentage to .811. The shutout was the second straight for Scavo, who has not allowed a goal over the last 194 minutes and 52 second since surrendering  the first goal of the match in the 16th minute of a 2-1 shootout loss to Wesleyan University ten days ago.

Eastern accumulated 13 penalty corners and the starting defense of seniors Alexander Steward (Old Saybrook) and Shannon Connors (Westport) and juniors Veronica Winthrop (Roxbury) and Katy Jankura (Guilford) allowed Scavo to extend her program career shutout record to 16 – more than twice as many as her closest rival.

Eastern visits Fitchburg State University Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a conference match.