Oct. 21, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team scored twice in the second half and defeated visiting Eastern Connecticut State, 2-0, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Wednesday evening.
Junior defender Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS) assisted on both goals. She set up junior defender Kate Dorrance (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) for the game's first goal after Warrior sophomore goalkeeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ/Ocean Township HS) had stopped the initial shot off a penalty corner at the 44:49 mark. She also passed to freshman forward Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS) as Allan scored the clincher with just 15 seconds remaining.
"We stepped it up towards the end of the second half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "That's when we really started playing more as a team, passing more, and making good decisions. The important thing is that we found a way to win. I give Eastern a lot of credit; they gave us a great game. Every game is a challenge, you have to figure out who's going to control a game in the first five minutes, and adjust to how it will be played."
Depth was a factor in the Corsairs' victory. "We take pride in our bench, because they're prepared," said Castonguay. "It takes more than 11 players to win a championship. (Junior midfielder) Linee (Mello-Frost), New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) played a great game and really left it all out on the field."
The Corsairs out shot the Warriors, 17-6. Senior goalkeeper Seana Golden (Somerset, MA/Bishop Stang HS) made three saves for UMD, while Reichardt made 12 stops for ECSU.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 10-5 and 8-1 in the LEC with the victory, while Eastern Connecticut dropped to 2-13 and 0-9 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Framingham State Saturday afternoon. Eastern Connecticut State will visit Westfield State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY