Sept. 30, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team scored twice in the first 12 minutes of the second half and went on to defeat visiting Fitchburg State, 3-1, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Wednesday evening.
Junior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) had given the Corsairs a 1-0 lead when she converted a goal mouth pass from junior midfielder Kellie Ann Finn (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/St. Michael's) at 13:43. Finn set up the first goal of the second half, feeding freshman forward Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) 5:31 into the second half. Junior defender Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS) made it 3-0 when she converted a pass from Taylor with 23:49 remaining. Junior forward Megan Jacobs (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS) put the Falcons on the board when she picked up a loose ball and scored with 12:39 to play.
"This is the best Fitchburg team we've seen in my four years of coaching," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We knew that they had speed, and hadn't been scored upon all year in the first half. We wanted to make sure we scored first. Kellie Ann took the ball all the way down the field and was determined to get it into the circle, and Stephanie was there for the tip."
With the win, the Corsairs are tied for second place in the LEC. "As a coach, you always see room for improvement," said Castonguay. "We need to keep getting better."
The Corsairs out shot the Falcons, 11-8. UMD senior goalkeeper, Seana Golden (Somerset, MA/Bishop Stang HS), made four saves, while junior Taylor Van Ahnen (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) made six.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-4 and 3-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Fitchburg State dropped to 5-3 and 3-1 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salem State Saturday. The Falcons will visit Framingham State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY