Oct. 2, 2010
SALEM, MA- Senior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) scored four goals to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team to a 5-2 victory over host Salem State in a Little East Conference match at Alumni Field Saturday.
Kinchla converted a pass from sophomore defender Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) to put the Corsairs ahead 7:59 into the game. Kaitlyn Aronian tied it for the Vikings, but Cardiel scored to put UMD ahead at 29:26, then Kinchla converted a pass from sophomore forward Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) 2:04 into the second half.
Kinchla made it 4-1 when she scored on a penalty stroke at 48:56. Aronian scored off a penalty corner for the Vikings three minutes later, but Kinchla finished the scoring with an unassisted goal at 59:44.
"We came in thinking fresh, since we're now in October, and it's the start of the second half of the LEC season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "I can really feel things coming together as far as team spirit. Instead of trying to defend our championship, we're trying to have fun and win, which is what we should be doing. I think we're going to see things click in a different way. (Senior forward) Jacke Anderson (Medway, MA/Medway HS) caused a bunch of corners for us, and Steph (Kinchla) had an amazing game, as they were marking Eleanor (Taylor) tightly. It was a good way to start the second half of our schedule."
The Corsairs outshot the Vikings, 12-7. Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Gallo ((East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS) made two saves for the Corsairs, while Jessica McKenna made three for SSU.
UMD improved to 7-4 and 5-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Vikings dropped to 2-5 and 0-4 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Worcester State next Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY