Field Hockey Rides First Half Goals to LEC Semi-Finals

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey team advance into the semi-final round of the Little East Conference Tournament after blanking the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday evening at Cressy Field, 2-0.

UMass Dartmouth (14-6, 9-2 LEC), who is the fourth seed in the tournament, will face off with top seeded Keene State at the Owl Athletic Center on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  The Owls defeated the Corsairs 3-2 during their regular season matchup this past weekend. 

The UMass Dartmouth offense attacked aggressively and often throughout the contest. The Corsairs kept Southern Maine goalkeeper Amanda Kasbohm (York, Maine.) busy by unloading 29 shots and landing 14 of them on goal.

Senior Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, R.I.) struck first for the home team. Upon receiving the ball inside the crease, teammate Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.) flipped a shot on goal that was batted down by Kasbohm. The deflected attempt fell to the feet of Dolce, who flicked the rebound home for her seventh mark of the year. The goal gave UMass Dartmouth a 1-0 advantage, only six minutes into the contest.

In the 13th minute the Corsairs tacked on their second and final goal of the match. Off a penalty corner, Emily Anderson (Medway, Mass.) rolled a pass to Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, Mass.) in the middle of the field. The senior whacked the ball into a congestion of players in front of the net, which redirected off the stick of classmate Devon Herlihy (Exeter, N.H.) and into the goal.

The Corsair's defense led by Carden, Dolce and Chelsey Campbell (Barre, Mass.) was active all match and held strong against a late game surge from the visiting team.

Deep in the second half, Huskie forward Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine) carved through a sea of UMass Dartmouth defenders and created a clear path to the goal after avoiding a lunging Corsair goalkeeper. Dostie flipped a shot towards the net, but had it swatted down at the least minute by a scrambling Dolce to keep the shutout in piece. 

Southern Maine (10-11, 6-5 LEC) goalkeeper Kasbohm recorded 12 saves in the loss, while UMass Dartmouth keeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.) made one save and improved to 14-6 on the year.

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