DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Goalkeeper Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) recorded her second-straight shutout in net, slowing the offense of Keene State in a 2-0 final as the Corsairs solidified the No. 6 seed for the upcoming Little East Conference playoffs on Senior Day.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 2 | Keene State 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (9-7, 6-5 LEC) | Keene State (10-8, 8-3 LEC)
How It Happened
The Corsairs got an early spark from senior Haley Donahay (Cranston, R.I.) following the second corner of the game. After a scrum in front of the net, Donahay snuck the ball away from the opposition, squeezing the ball into the vacated side of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
Later in the first half, the Corsairs doubled the margin when junior Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) weaved through traffic while moving the ball the length of the attacking zone, launching a shot through the legs of the Owls keeper for the unassisted marker.
Keene State had an opportunity to lessen the deficit with five minutes to go until intermission, but Burke was locked in, sprawling across the crease of the net to turn away the chance and keep the 2-0 lead in order.
In the second half, Keene State upped its shot total to 13, but Burke continued to stifle the Owls, making her share of difficult stops in the final 35 minutes of action to pick up her fifth shutout of the season.
Inside the Numbers
- The Owls outshot the Corsairs 20-11 in the game.
- Keene State controlled corner chances by an 11-6 clip.
- Burke completed a full performance in net, improving her season record to 9-7, recording 11 saves on the day.
- The victory marks just the second time since 2012 that UMass Dartmouth has topped the Owls. Keene State has fallen to the Corsairs in its past two trips to Cressy Field.
The Corsairs go up against Simmons College in the final home game of the regular season on Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. Keene State concludes the regular season Thursday when it hosts Smith as 6:30 P.M.