October 17, 2013

Cardinals Clip Corsairs, 2-1

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, Mass.) staked the Corsairs to an early lead, but visiting Wesleyan University rallied for the 2-1 victory this evening in non-conference field hockey action at Cressy Field.

The Cardinals earned their third win in the past four matches to even their record at 5-5, while UMass Dartmouth slipped to 10-4 on the campaign.

The Corsairs needed just 99 seconds to crack the scoring column as Taylor netted her team-leading 13th marker of the season.  UMass Dartmouth created the scoring opportunity off a penalty corner, when senior midfielder Devon Herlihy (Exeter, N.H.) laced a low shot that was originally stopped by the Cardinal netminder.  Taylor gathered the rebound and deposited her attempt into the vacant net to provide the hosts with the 1-0 lead.

Wesleyan produced the equalizer in the 14th minute, when senior Amber Bruckner (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) collected her own rebound and pushed her fourth goal of the season past senior Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.).  UMass Dartmouth was determined to recapture its lead by recording four of the final five shots of the half, but both teams entered the intermission tied at 1.

The visitors charged out of the gates in the second stanza to secure their first and only lead of the contest.  Senior Taylor Wells (Darien, Conn.) fired a shot through a crowd of Corsair defenders from the left slot in the 39th minute to record game-winner.  It was her first marker of the season.      

Sophomore Sara Grundy (Montpelier, Vt.) made four stops to raise her individual record to 4-5, while O'Brien reached double digits in saves with 11.

The Cardinals held a 15-9 advantage in shots, while also winning the penalty corner battle 12-7.

UMass Dartmouth returns to action at noon on October 19, when the Corsairs visit Bridgewater State University in a key Little East match.  Wesleyan will also be in action on Saturday, when the Cardinals travel to Amherst College for a NESCAC tilt.