NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Field Hockey team only needed one goal to defeat Salem State, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
UMass Dartmouth (8-3, 5-0 LEC) was lifted to victory when forward Alison Ladue (Bridgewater, Mass. / Bridgewater-Raynham) punched home her fourth score of the season in a scrum in front of Salem State's (6-3, 3-2 LEC) goal. Ladue's goal was the only goal surrendered by either team, with both teams' defenses proving to be very strong.
The Corsair's leading goal scorer Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, Mass. – Bishop Stang) was constantly covered by defenders. Early in the second half, Taylor had great scoring opportunity off a penalty corner, but her only shot of the game was denied by Salem State's goalkeeper Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass. / Arlington).
In net, UMass Dartmouth's goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass. / Old Rochester Regional) stopped three shots and recorded her eighth win of the season. Woodin, who was pressured all game, recorded nine saves in the loss.
After the victory, the Corsairs remain tied with Keene State (10-2, 5-0 LEC) atop the Little East standings.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Little East foe Eastern Connecticut Wednesday evening on Oct. 9th at Cressy Field.