Sept. 16, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Framingham State, 4-2, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Friday evening.
The Rams put the first point on the scoreboard at the 23:08 mark of the first half. Framingham State sophomore Demi Miskiv (Centerville, MA/Barnstable HS) gathered a loose ball in front of the Corsair net and fired home her first goal of the day, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, UMD answered back when sophomore Kayla Ribsam (Lambertville, NJ/South Hunterdon Regional) found an open junior Jenna Miedzionoski (Beverly, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional HS), who finished with a shot past Rams junior goalkeeper Sarah Ryan (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS), evening the score at 1-1. Miskiv put the Rams back on top with a goal, her second of the game, off a pass from sophomore Cassandra Koegel (Groveland, MA/Pentucket HS) with 16:08 left in the first half. Again, the Corsairs quickly battled back and pulled even when sophomore Devon Herlihy (Stratham, NH/Exeter HS) scored off a pass from junior Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS), making the score 2-2 going into halftime.
UMass Dartmouth had multiple occasions to grab a lead in the second half, including going 0-for-5 on five consecutive corner attempts. The Corsairs finally broke through when Cardiel worked a give-and-go with Ribsam off a corner attempt, and Cardiel rocketed a shot past Ryan, giving UMD their first lead of the game, a 3-2 advantage with 18:25 remaining in the second half. Junior Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) sealed the game for UMD, working a give-and-go with freshman Anna Bohenberger (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) and sneaking a shot into the back of the Rams goal, locking up the 4-2 victory for UMass Dartmouth.
"I'm happy with the win but I'm a coach who's never satisfied," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "I'm noticing some improvements in certain areas, which is why we are getting wins right now. There are still areas of improvement, but I'm seeing things come along. At the half, I asked the team why [Framingham State] would score then we'd come right back, rather than getting on top and forcing urgency. We did a better job of chasing down balls and keeping better possession of it. We have Tufts coming up which will be a good test of character and then we go to Western Connecticut for a conference game, so we are going to take it one game at a time and hope to improve."
UMass Dartmouth out shot Framingham State, 20-5. Sophomore Kelsey Gallo (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS) stopped three shots for UMD, while Ryan made eight saves for Framingham State.
The Corsairs improved to 3-2 and 2-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Rams dropped to 1-4 and 0-2 in the LEC with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Tufts next Wednesday evening. Framingham will visit Gordon next Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY