Field Hockey Falls to Third-Ranked Tufts

Field Hockey Falls to Third-Ranked Tufts

Sept. 22, 2010

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The third-ranked team in the nation was a bit too tough for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team in their non-conference match at Cressy Field Wednesday evening.

The Jumbos took a 1-0 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 3-0.

Senior forward Tamara Brown (Annandale, VA/W.T. Woodson HS) put Tufts on top when she converted a pass from senior midfielder Jess Perkins (Barrington, RI/Barrington HS) at the 8:17 mark. Senior forward Melissa Burke (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) made it 2-0 when she scored with less than 13 minutes remaining. Perkins again drew the assist. Brown capped the scoring when she scored her second goal of the game with four seconds remaining.

"I don't mind taking a loss like this if it makes us better and gets us in the direction we want to go," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "This is a good prep for the LEC and those games will make or break our season. We're here to defend our LEC championship and that puts the bulls-eye on us.I told our players before the game to expect Tufts to be top notch in all areas. They stop the ball and hit the ball hard with a purpose. They attack and play terrific defense. They're all standout players."

Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Gallo (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS) made 19 saves for UMass Dartmouth, while junior defender Maille Lynch-Gilbert (Petersham, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) made three defensive saves, and senior defender Kate Dorrance (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) added one.

The Jumbos outshot the Corsairs, 25-0, and junior goalkeeper Marianna Zak (Concord, MA/Middlesex School) earned the shutout without having to make a save.

The Corsairs dropped to 4-4 with the defeat, while the Jumbos improved to 4-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Westfield State Saturday. Tufts will host Wesleyan Saturday.