Field Hockey Edged by Endicott

Field Hockey Edged by Endicott

Sept. 14, 2010

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team fell to visiting Endicott, 2-1, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Tuesday evening.

UMass Dartmouth out shot Endicott, 13-10. Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Gallo (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS) made six saves for the Corsairs, while sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Teixeira (Exeter, NH/Exeter HS) made six for the Gulls.

Sophomore Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang) had an opportunity to put the Corsairs on the board in the opening minute of the game, but her shot attempt trickled wide right of the goal. The remainder of the first half featured back-and-forth play from both squads, resulting in a 0-0 score going into halftime. "In the first half we had so many opportunities and we didn't take advantage of them," said Corsairs head coach Nicole Castonguay.

With 28:47 left to play, the Gulls put the first point on the board when sophomore forward Hannah Thornberg (Oakland, ME/Messalonskee HS) took a pass from junior forward Alexandra Parese (Wilton, CT/Wilton HS) and fired a shot pass Gallo, giving Endicott a 1-0 advantage.

The Corsairs fought back and evened the score when senior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) gathered the loose ball off the stick of senior defender Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS) and snuck a shot past Teixeira, making it 1-1 with 23:26 remaining in the game.

The Gulls took the lead again with 15:10 on the clock. Following a failed corner attempt, Endicott sophomore midfielder Cassie DeSimone (Reading, MA/Reading Memorial HS) found Parese open on the left side and delivered her a crisp pass, which Parese knocked past Gallo, providing the game-winning goal as the score remained 2-1 until the final whistle. "I just feel like it wasn't our game, wasn't our night, last year this happened and it turned things around for us, so I'm hoping the same thing happens," said Castonguay.

The Corsairs fell to 3-2 with the loss, while the Gulls improved to 4-1 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Plymouth State Saturday. Endicott will host Bridgewater State Thursday.