FITCHBURG, Mass. – Junior forward Alex Kallgren (Dudley, MA) moved into a tie for second place all-time in career goals with her fourth of the season, but Fitchburg State University's two-goal lead was enough to trim the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team, 2-1, in a Little East Conference match Wednesday night at Elliot Field.
With its first loss in four games, Eastern (5-4, 4-2 LEC) falls from a share of second place in the 12-team conference into a tie for fourth. Fitchburg (5-3, 3-3 LEC) had lost four in a row at the hands of Eastern, including two 2-1 decisions a year ago, with the second one coming in the semfinals of the conference tournament at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
Fitchburg scored both of its goals in a span of ten minutes – both off rebounds – with junior Bailey Miller scoring the first with 61 seconds left in the first half from in close after the Falcons had hit the right post. Nine minutes into the second half, senior Madeline Hoffman made it 2-0 after Eastern senior goalie Samantha Scavo (Redding) had knocked away Miller's initial attempt.
Kallgren recorded her 27th goal in her 47th career match – moving her to within three goals of breaking the career mark held by Eastern Hall of Famer Mo Deegan (2001-04) – to slice the Fitchburg lead in half in the 55th minute. Kallgren initiated the scoring play by taking a penalty corner, then took a return pass from senior back Shannon Connors (Westport).
Miller's first-half goal ruined a streak of 329 scoreless minutes by the Eastern defense, dating back to a 2-1 shootout loss to Wesleyan University two weeks ago.
Scavo made four saves and Eastern held a slim 10-9 advantage in shots and 6-5 margin in penalty corners.
Eastern visits Salem State University in a conference match Saturday at noon.