Taylor Lifts UMass Dartmouth Past Westfield State, 4-2

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, Mass./Bishop Stang) scored two second half goals to lead the Corsairs past Little East rival Westfield State University, 4-2, this afternoon at Cressy Field.

Taylor was the offensive catalyst for UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 1-0 LEC) with a pair of markers, while classmate Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) dished out a pair of assists. Sophomore Alison Ladue (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) and senior Devon Herlihy (Exeter, N.H.) each cracked the scoring column for the hosts.

Westfield State (3-2, 0-1) carried the offensive pressure in the first five minutes of regulation.  The Owls capitalized on their first scoring attempt in the fifth minute, when senior Sarah Pliszka (Enfield, Conn.) slipped a shot past the Corsair keeper during a scramble.  Unfazed by the early deficit, UMass Dartmouth responded with the equalizer in the ninth minute.  Ladue pounced on a rebound along the left side of the cage and tucked her second goal of the season inside the near post to send the teams into the intermission tied at one.     

The Corsairs took their first advantage of the contest in the 40th minute, when Taylor one-timed a feed from Dolce into the back of the net.  Less than seven minutes later, Owl freshman Holly Brouillette (Burlington, Mass.) forged a two-all tie with her team-leading fourth marker of the season.  The hosts utilized the same combination of Taylor from Dolce to produce the game-winning goal in the 51st minute. Herlihy added an insurance goal in the 57th minute to seal the Corsairs' fourth consecutive win.

Senior Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass./Old Rochester Regional) made one stop to earn the victory, while her counterpart, senior Jess Rodier (Oxford, Mass.), stopped nine UMass Dartmouth attempts in the loss.

The Corsairs held a 17-7 advantage in shots, while also winning the penalty corner column 19-11.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 12 p.m. on Sept. 22, when the Corsairs travel to Wheaton (Mass.) for a non-conference match.