Worcester State Edges Field Hockey in Second Half, 3-1

Worcester State Edges Field Hockey in Second Half, 3-1

WORCESTER, Mass. – The top-team in the Little East Conference pushed its league mark to 5-0 on Tuesday night, as Worcester State edged the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth by a 3-1 final at Coughlin Field.

The Basics

Score: Worcester State 3, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: Worcester State (7-2, 5-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (3-4, 2-3 LEC)

How It Happened

UMass Dartmouth opened the game strong on offense, getting two penalty chances and two shots on goal in the early minutes. Just 5:55 into the game, the first goal was scored when senior Delaney Burns (Wayne, N.J.) took passes from classmates Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and Haley Donahay (Cranston, R.I.) before converting her third marker of the year.

Worcester State had the remainder of the chances in the first half, but could not get anything in the cage, closing the stanza with a 1-0 lead in favor of the Corsairs.  

Five minutes into the second half, the momentum shifted after the Lancers knotted the score as sophomore Sophia Monopoli (Worcester, Mass.) connected with Jess Wilding (Somerset, Mass.) on an arced pass inside the circle.  

In the 47th minute, Worcester State gained its first lead of the game when Olivia Antonelli (Westford, Mass.) collected a deflected ball before lifting her shot over the keeper to log her fifth of the season for the 2-1 advantage.  

Lancers' sophomore Katelyn Santos (New Bedford, Mass.) added an unassisted insurance marker with just three minutes left in regulation, putting in a bouncing ball in the crease for her second goal of the season.

Inside the Numbers

  • The Lancers doubled up UMass Dartmouth on shots, 12-6.
  • Kish and Burns finished with three and two shots, respectively, for the Corsairs.
  • Worcester State controlled the penalty shot opportunities, 12-8, with eight coming in the second half of play.
  • Senior Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) played the entirety of the contest between the pipes, stopping four of seven shots faced. Her counterpart, senior Kathryn Salemme (Boxborough, Mass.) halted three of four shots and moved her record to 7-2 on the season.  

Up Next

The Corsairs continue their road stand on Saturday, when they take on Southern Maine for an LEC contest starting at 12:00 P.M.