Sept. 9, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Wheaton, 6-1, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Thursday evening.
Senior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) scored four times and assisted another goal to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team to a 6-1 victory in their home opener. "I'm happy with the score and the result and I'm also happy that I was able to get our first home game clinched with a win," said Corsairs head coach Nicole Castonguay.
Sophomore Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang), coming off a four-goal performance in the Corsairs previous match, put the first point on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal with 20:58 remaining in the first half. Taylor's goal was the lone score in a back-and-forth first half.
Kinchla tallied her first goal, assisted by Taylor, with less than twenty minutes remaining in the game. This was the first of five Corsair goals in the final twenty minutes of play. At the 18:50 mark, Taylor notched her second goal of the contest from a pass from Kinchla. Four minutes later, Kinchla scored her second goal, receiving a pass from junior defender Maille Lynch-Gilbert (Petersham, MA/Quabbin Regional), giving the Corsair a 4-0 lead.
Wheaton got on the scoreboard when senior forward Jenna Rocha knocked a pass from sophomore defender Bonnie Davies (Roxbury, CT/Shepaug Valley) pass Corsair goalkeeper Kelsey Gallo (East Greenwich, MA/East Greenwich HS) with 11:32 left to play. Kinchla netted her third goal of the game at the 5:58 mark in the second half, then added her final goal 57 seconds later, securing the 6-1 victory for the Corsairs. "We are taking pieces of every single game to prepare for conference play," said Castonguay.
UMass Dartmouth out shot Wheaton, 15-12. Gallo made nine saves for the Corsairs, while senior goalkeeper Ellie Massengill (Amhearst, MA/Amhearst Regional) made 7 for the Lyons.
The Corsairs improved to 2-1 with the victory, while the Lyons dropped to 1-2 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Bridgewater State Saturday. Wheaton will visit Rivier Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY