MANSFIELD, Conn. – Eastern Connecticut struck once in the first, and tacked on another in the final 10 minutes on Wednesday to secure a 2-0 win over the UMass Dartmouth field hockey team in the Little East Conference opener for both squads.
Score: Eastern Connecticut 2, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: Eastern Connecticut 2-1, 1-0 LEC | UMass Dartmouth 0-3, 0-1 LEC
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth secured two penalty corners off the stick of junior Haley Donahay (Cranston, R.I.) in the first 10 minutes of play, but wasn't able to turn the chances into shots. The Warriors found the back of the net on just their third shot of the game, when Brianna Passero converted on a cross from MaryKate Custer to the left side. The 1-0 score would hold into half, thanks to three saves from junior Corsair goalkeeper Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.).
Eastern Connecticut emerged from the break on an offensive hot streak, commanding possession with numerous shots. Burke made five more stops before Warrior Darianne Mastricola broke through in the 62nd minute, knocking the ball in off a sweep pass from Khiara Valentine.
Sophomore Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) and junior Delaney Burns (Wayne, N.J.) each forced ECSU goalkeeper Samantha Scavo to make saves in the final three minutes, but couldn't negate the shutout before the final whistle.
Inside the Numbers
- Eastern Connecticut picks up its first victory over UMass Dartmouth since 2005, halting a 10-game losing streak to its LEC foe. The Corsairs have narrowly edged the Warriors 3-2 in the past two seasons.
- The Warriors better their predicted outcome in the 2016 LEC Field Hockey Preseason Poll, as UMass Dartmouth was selected third and Eastern Connecticut fourth.
- Burke finished with eight saves on the evening, while four different Corsairs were able to put shots on goal.
- ECSU held the advantage in both shots (16-7) and penalty corners (8-4) on the contest.
The Corsairs are slated for their home opener on Saturday, staying in league play as they host Salem State beginning at 11 a.m. at Cressy Field.