By Liam Gambon
On “Think Pink” day at Alumni Field the Salem State Vikings hosted the Framingham State Rams in a MASCAC matchup between two struggling teams. The Rams entered at 4-8 on the season, with the Vikings wallowing at 3-9-1.
The Rams led the shot chart in the first half just barely outshooting the Vikings 3-2.
Framingham missed a perfect scoring chance when Junior Haley McKay shot off a pass from Hannah Kane that was barely saved by a sliding Ceara Kelly. The Rams finished the game with a 9-5 shot advantage and a 5-2 shots on goal advantage. The one goal of the game came off the foot of the Rams Abby Smith to break the scoreless tie at the 74th minute to lead Framingham to a 1-0 victory.
Rams keeper Keyonzia Gagne-Lamoureux made two saves in the match while Backe stopped four of the five shots on her.
The Rams improve to 5-8 and 2-3 in the conference.
The Rams hosted UMass Boston in a nonconference matchup at Maple Street Field. The Rams came into this matchup riding a two-game winning streak. Framingham heavily outshot the Beacons in the first half 11-1 but were unable to score on any of them. The one first half shot by the Beacons was as close to a goal as it can get as UMass had a shot directly in front of the net that was acrobatically saved on a dive by Rams keeper Gagne-Lamoureux.
Framingham’s Kaelen Larocque was ejected at the 56:55 mark after receiving her second yellow card of the game that came just after two minutes of the first. UMass Boston’s Julia Masionis scored on a rebound of her own shot on goal just six seconds after the Framingham foul to put the Beacons up 1-0 a score that would stick till the end giving UMass a 1-0 victory.
The Rams shot a whopping 28 shots in the game to the Beacons’ seven despite not scoring on a single one of them.
Gagne-Lamoureux finished with four saves on five shots, while UMass keeper Alyssa Fugiel made 10 saves to shutout Framingham.
The Rams Kayla Almstrom and Angela Pallotta matched for the team and game lead in shots with six and shots on goal with four.
The Rams are now 5-9 following this loss and will look to rebound when they travel to Mass. Maritime for a conference matchup.