NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Keene State, 3-1, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
With the win, the Corsairs remained perfect in conference play and clinched home-field advantage in the upcoming LEC tournament.
For the second straight weekend UMD was in a matchup of the top two teams in the LEC, and for the second straight weekend they scored three goals en route to a convincing victory.
For the second straight game freshman forward Cory Connolly (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury HS) scored two goals to pace the Corsairs. Connolly opened the scoring in the sixth minute when she converted a pass from senior forward Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS). The Corsairs stretched their lead to 2-0 nine minutes later when Connolly scored her second goal of the contest and the eventual game winner off a pass from freshman midfielder Emily Anderson (Medway, MA/Medway HS).
UMD stretched their lead to three in the 19th minute when senior defender Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) scored off a penalty corner as Allan and junior defender Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, RI/North Kingstown HS) assisted.
The Corsairs would take the 3-0 lead into halftime. In the second half the Owls came out firing controlling the pace of play for much of the half. Sophomore forward Marisa Lemoine (Berlin, NH/Berlin HS) cut the deficit to two when she scored her 11th goal of the season off a pass from junior midfielder Leddy Gallagher (Acton, MA/Acton-Boxborough HS).
"We made the most of our opportunities, and in practice we've been working on converting in the circle and (goalkeeper) Lauren (O'Brien) has gained confidence and it showed out there today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We have a great mind set as a team and we really trust each other. We are all together and modest, and we take that approach to every game. It's a nice feeling knowing that we have home field locked up heading into the final week of the season."
The Owls outshot the Corsairs, 17-8. Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) made 12 saves for UMass Dartmouth, while sophomore Caitlin Davino-Draper (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS) made two for the Owls.
UMD improved to 12-5 and 10-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Keene State dropped to 11-7 and 8-2 in LEC action with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Wellesley Wednesday. KSC will visit Smith Thursday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY