The Fitchburg State field hockey suffered a 4-1 setback to Western New England in non-conference action this afternoon from Elliot Field on Thursday.
Western New England (5-0) broke a scoreless stalemate in the 25th minute as sophomore Kara Edwards rifled a shot into the left side of the cage for her third goal of the season..
Fitchburg State (0-3) nearly knotted the score with three minutes remaining in the first half when senior Joyce Arbia ripped a shot on frame, but Golden Bears keeper Ella Henry turned the shot aside to preserve the advantage going into the break.
Following the intermission, the Golden Bears threatened at the 43:08 mark with sophomore Haley Kaczka was awarded a penalty stroke, only to have Falcon goal keeper Jenna Morse make the save to keep the score at 1-0.
Western New England upped the lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute of play when Kacaka received a feed from senior Carly-Anna Barba and struck for her second marker on the year. The visitors secured the victory three minutes later as junior Sarah Johnston collected a loose ball in front of the cage and deposited a shot inside the far post to make the score 3-0.
Fitchburg State dented the scoreboard with just over four minutes remaining in the contest as Arbia redirected a loose ball into the lower right corner for her first collegiate score.
Morse stopped 14 shots for Fitchburg State, which returns to action Saturday with a MASCAC tilt at Framingham State at 11 a.m.
Nashoba 2, North Middlesex 0: Lucas Messier scored twice for Nashoba, with Angel Bustrillo notching an assist for the Wolves.
Nashoba 3, North Middlesex 0: Set scores were 25-15, 25-12 and 25-19.
Jess Allard had four kills and six digs in defeat, while Joann Nolan added a pair of kills and Anne McNabb had 10 digs.
Nashoba 194, Leominster 212: The Wolves (3-1, 2-1 Mid-Wach A) were led by Mason Bowie and Irv Carnes, who each carded 3-over 38s at Gardner Municipal Golf Course.
Luke Grebinar earned medalist honors for Leominster (0-2, 0-2) with a 1-over 36.
Monty Tech 158, Bay Path 196: Michael Cannon was the medalist for Monty Tech (3-1) with a 2-over 38 on the back nine at Gardner Municipal Golf Course.
Boys cross country
Ayer-Shirley 17, Tahanto 43: Jake Leone won the race in 18:14 for the Panthers (1-0) and was followed by teammates Cole New and Jack Holden in second and third, respectively.
Girls cross country
Ayer-Shirley 26, Tahanto 31: Carolyn Mason, Marissa Grace, Jane Marshall and Ada Perwak took second through fifth, respectively, for the Panthers (1-0).