Men’s soccer season comes crashing down with first-round loss to Fitchburg

By Liam Gambon

Staff Writer

The Framingham State Rams hosted MCLA at Maple Street Field on senior day at Framingham State.

Prior to the contest the Rams honored their seven seniors playing in their final regular season game: Michaela Hyland, Danielle Whall, Meghan Kenny, Olivia Buonopane, Tess Gorman, Angela Pallotta and Ashley Lees.

The Rams heavily outshot the visitors on the day registering 29 shots to the MCLA 5, including a 6-0 margin in the overtime period.

The Rams would score the only goal of the match in overtime with a header from Freshman Erin Angelillo off a pass from Jill Smith to end the game 1-0 in the 96th minute.

Keyonzia Gagne- Lamoureux made two saves in net for the Rams while Megan Richardson turned away seven Rams shots for MCLA.

The win moves the Rams to 7-10 with a 4-3 MASCAC record which secures them the No. 4 seed in the upcoming MASCAC Tournament next week.

The Framingham State Rams played Salem State in the first round of the MASCAC Tournament Tuesday evening at Maple Street Field.

The Vikings got on the board first in the final minute of the first half when a Ram foul setup a free kick for Salem State from roughly 30 yards out. Victoria Clancy sent in a strike that was saved by Rams keeper Gagne-Lamoureux then Salem’s Kelly Blanchard headed in the loose ball to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead at the break.

The Vikings had a great chance to add to their lead in the 64th minute when a Vikings player beat the crashing Rams keeper but her shot hit the post and ended the threat.

The Rams finally broke through in the 80th minute when the Vikings goalie Amanda Backe made a great save but the rebound was settled by Pallotta and swung over to Kaelen Larocque who sent it into the open frame to tie the game at one.

Just over three minutes later, Pallotta scored her first of the game when Kayla Almstrom sent a pass that Pallotta ripped past the diving goalie. Less than a minute later, Pallotta converted again on a play that closely resembled the previous one.

Gagne-Lamoureux made seven saves for the Rams while Backe turned away nine shots in net for the Vikings.

The Rams outshot the visiting Vikings 22-to-13 in the contest while Salem held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

The Rams advance to the MASCAC semi-final round on Friday, Nov 4 at top-seeded Worcester State.

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