PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team clinched a share of the Little East Conference regular-season title for the fourth straight season when Nikki Basilicato (Guilford) scored 8:07 into sudden-death overtime in a victory over Rhode Island College Friday night at Alumni Field in the final regular-season match.
Eastern (11-6-0, 6-2-0 LEC) earns the LEC playoff's No. 2 seed and will gain a first-round bye into next weekend's semifinals. Western Connecticut shares the regular-season title with Eastern for the second straight season and will be the No. 1 seed and host for the semifinals and final on the strength of its 2-0 win over the Warriors Sept. 26 at Danbury. In one Friday semifinal, Eastern will meet the winner of a Tuesday first-round match between No. 3 UMass Boston and #6 Castleton University. The title match is scheduled for Saturday. No times have been confirmed.
Eastern was outshooting Rhode Island (7-10-2, 2-5-1 LEC) 15-4 but could not break through against RIC keeper Erica Edwards until Basilicato beat the keeper with her only shot of the match for her fourth goal (first game-winner) off assists from Aly Clarke (Mystic) and Emily Kratochwil (Stratford) following Clarke's corner kick. They were the second assists of the season for each.
Senior Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, MA) needed only one save for her third full shutout of the season.
The win was only the second against five losses for the Warriors this season on their opponent's field.
In 19 seasons under head coach Chris D'Ambrosio, Eastern has captured four outright LEC regular-season titles and shared five others.