Sept. 18, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Plymouth State, 3-2, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth out shot Plymouth State, 19-17. Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Gallo (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS) made thirteen saves for the Corsairs, while sophomore goalkeeper Hilary Lemelin (Milan, NH/Berlin HS) made eleven for the Panthers. "I'm glad we finished but with every single time, I feel like we are putting new pieces together of our puzzle," said Corsairs head coach Nicole Castonguay.
The first half of the contest featured back-and-forth play from the teams with limited scoring opportunities. As the clock expired for halftime, the Corsairs were awarded a penalty corner as the final play of the half. On the play, sophomore defender Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) received the corner, then delivered a touch pass to sophomore forward Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS), who knocked the ball past Lemelin, giving the Corsairs a 1-0 advantage going into the break.
With 23:35 left in the second half, UMass Dartmouth increased their lead over the Panthers. On another penalty corner, the inbounding ball was picked up by senior Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/ Falmouth HS), who passed to an open Cardiel at the point. Cardiel whistled a shot past Lemelin, making it 2-0 Corsairs.
Plymouth State broke up the shutout attempt when senior forward Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) beat Gallo unassisted, cutting the Corsairs lead to 2-1. Six minutes later, the score was evened at 2-2 when freshmen Christina Parisi (Hampton Falls, NH/Winnacunnet HS) dished a pass to sophomore Olivia Colborn (Lancaster, NH/White Mountains Regional HS), who snuck a shot past Gallo in a crowded goalie crease. The score remained at 2-2 as time expired, forcing an overtime period.
In overtime, the Corsairs had an early chance to win the game. Senior midfielder Kellie Ann Finn (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Saint Michael's) fired a shot on goal, which was denied by Lemelin, then sophomore forward Erica Allan (Amhearst, MA/Amhearst) knocked a rebound attempt back at the goal, but Lemelin made a terrific diving save, preserving the tie score. With 7:38 left in overtime, junior Mallie Lynch-Gilbert (Petersham, MA/Quabbin Regional) drove to the Panther goal, then sent a pass to Finn, who was streaking down the left side of the goal. Finn gathered the pass a pushed a shot past Lemelin, securing the 3-2 victory for the Corsairs. "The first half of the season we usually have these ups and downs and hopefully we can get to a smooth ride where we start seeing a little bit more consistency," said Castonguay.
The Corsairs improved to 4-2 and 2-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Panthers dropped to 2-3 and 1-1 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Wesleyan Sunday. PSU will visit New England College Tuesday. "I think it will be a good test for us, especially going back-to-back, we'll see our stamina," said Castonguay.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY