Nov. 2, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomore Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) and senior Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) both scored to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team over visiting Salem State, 2-1, in a Little East Conference first round playoff match at Cressy Field Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs first score came off a penalty corner attempt with 9:13 remaining in the first half. Taylor took the corner for UMD and put the ball in front of the goal. Senior midfielder Kellie Ann Finn (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/St. Michael's) gathered the loose ball and put a shot on goal that was deflected but Taylor fired home the rebound, giving the Corsairs a 1-0 advantage going into halftime.
At the 40-minute mark, senior midfielder Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS) blasted a shot from the point that was deflected, but Kinchla found the ball and the back of the net, increasing the UMD lead to 2-0. The celebration was short lived as Viking junior forward Kaitlyn Aronian (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) netted a goal for Salem State less than 30 second later. The Vikings fought to even the contest during the second half but a stout midfield defense by the Corsairs prevented Salem State from building any scoring chances, securing the 2-1 victory.
"I'm psyched to move on," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "Salem State is an in-your-face, scrappy team and I knew it would be a one goal game," continued Castonguay. "There was good energy from both team and we had to play hard until the end and this game was great preparation for Thursday."
The Corsairs outshot the Vikings, 16-13. Freshman goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS), made four saves for UMD, while senior goalkeeper Jessica McKenna (Rowley, MA/Bishop Fenwick HS) notched eleven saves for the Vikings.
UMD improved to 13-7 with the victory, while Salem State dropped to 8-9 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will both return to action when they host Keene State in an LEC semi-final match Thursday. The defeat was the final action of the season for Salem State.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY