Oct. 16, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomores Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS) and Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) each had a goal to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team to a 2-1 win over visiting Southern Maine in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth struck first with 21:33 left to play in the first half. Following a shot by senior defender Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS), senior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) gathered the loose ball and fed it to Allan, who fired a shot past Huskies freshmen goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, ME/Windham HS), giving the Corsairs the 1-0 advantage.
The Corsairs added to their lead late in the first half. With under two minutes to play, Allan grabbed the loose ball after a corner attempt and delivered a crisp pass to Taylor on the right wing, who knocked the ball into the net, increasing UMass Dartmouth's lead to 2-0 going into halftime.
With 27:54 left to play in the contest, Southern Maine cut into the Corsairs lead. Sophomore forward Kailey Bubier (Auburn, ME/Hebron Academy) broke free of the Corsair defense and ripped a shot past UMD freshmen goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS), making it 2-1. The Corsairs defense held strong the remainder of the game, securing the 2-1 victory.
"It feels great to be 8-0 [in conference], the players are excited, and I think everyday we come out we know there's going to be a different style of play against us, especially in LEC games," said Corsairs Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "Being at the top of the conference, we have everything to lose and our goal is to keep continuing to improve, so I look forward to seeing what we can bring from this game into the next," continued Castonguay.
The Corsairs outshot the Huskies, 22-11. O'Brien made 7 saves for the Corsairs, while Kennedy recorded 12 for Southern Maine.
UMD improved to 10-5 and 8-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Southern Maine dropped to 5-11 and 3-5 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Wednesday. Southern Maine will host Plymouth State Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY