Oct. 9, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- Sophomore forward Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang) scored twice as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Western Connecticut State, 4-1, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
The Corsairs struck first with 11:00 remaining in the first half. Following a corner attempt, senior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) gathered the loose ball at the top of the Colonials zone, then delivered a crisp pass to Taylor near the left post. Taylor quickly snapped a shot into the back of the net, giving UMass Dartmouth the 1-0 advantage. With 5:15 left in the first half, Kinchla found the back of the net after a receiving a pass from junior defender Maillie Lynch-Gilbert (Petersham, MA/Quabbin Regional), increasing the Corsairs lead to 2-0 going into the half. “ I felt the energy when we came out, I had no doubts about going in this game that our team has been working really hard on feeling that team unity, keeping everyone focused and working ahead,” said Corsairs Head Coach Nicole Castonguay.
As the clock wound past 12:30 left in the game, senior defender Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS) scored while Lynch-Gilbert tallied her second assist of the game. Less than a minute later, the Colonials put their first point on the board when junior forward Lauren Atkinson (Southbury, CT/Pomperaug HS) knocked a loose ball in the goal, cutting the Corsairs lead to 3-1. Taylor provided the final goal for the Corsairs with (:35 left in the second half, securing the 4-1 victory. “We definitely stayed with the one game at a time theme and I think it’s really paying off,” continued Castonguay.
The Corsairs outshot the Lancers, 13-3. Freshman goalkeeper Lauren O’Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) made two saves for the Corsairs, while sophomore Heather Stone (Valhalla, NY/Valhalla HS) made six for Western Connecticut.
UMD improved to 9-4 and 7-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while WCSU dropped to 5-6 and 2-5 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Trinity Tuesday evening. Western Connecticut will visit Manhattanville next Wednesday. “I look forward to seeing how we come out in non-conference play against a really good team,” said Castonguay.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY