NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Western Connecticut State, 3-1, in a Little East Conference Tournament quarter-final playoff match at Cressy Field Thursday evening.
With the win, the Corsairs advanced to the semifinals, and they will host fourth seeded Plymouth State on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Cressy Field.
The Corsairs took an early 1-0 lead when sophomore defender Chelsea Campbell (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional) fired a shot from outside the circle and it was tipped in by a WCSU defender. The goal went in the books as an own goal.
In the 31st minute senior forward Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS) gave the Corsairs a two-goal advantage when she found the back of the net off a pass from freshman forward Cory Connolly (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury HS). The Colonials would answer back less than a minute later when freshman midfielder Jenny Cappello (Litchfield, CT/Litchfield HS) tallied her second goal of the season converting a pass from junior defender Rachel Duffy (Marlton, NJ/West Milford HS).
In the second half the Corsairs controlled the pace of play as junior forward Kayla Ribsam (Lambertville, NJ/South Hunterdon Regional HS) capped the scoring in the 56th minute when she scored her third goal of the season.
"Western Connecticut State came out firing tonight. They had a nothing to lose mentality and it showed against us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We had an off night and our seniors were the first ones to point that out in our post-game huddle. We scored three times, but we had many opportunities that we didn't capitalize on. We could have finished better and we need to work on that as we move forward and prepare for our semifinal matchup on Saturday."
The Corsairs outshot the Colonials, 21-4. Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) made one save for UMass Dartmouth, while junior Courtney Hearn (New Fairfield, CT/New Fairfield) made 11 saves for the Colonials.
UMD improved to 15-5 with the victory, while Western Connecticut dropped to 5-13 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will host a semi-final match Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The match marked the final action of the season for WCSU.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY