PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Rhode Island College jumped out to a 12-3 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team, 19-11, in a Little East Conference match at the Varsity Athletic Complex Wednesday evening.
RIC took a 3-0 lead before is midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam HS) put the Corsairs on the scoreboard with 25:38 left in the first half. RIC scored twice more, but sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) and Gates connected to pull UMD within two at 5-3 with 18:04 remaining. But the Anchorwomen scored the next seven goals to take a commanding lead at halftime.
Trailing early in the second half, the Corsairs scored five consecutive goals, with Corsano and Gates each scoring twice, to cut RIC's lead to 13-8 with 18:53 to play. Nicky Drolet connected for the Anchorwomen, and UMD replied with goals from junior attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) to make it 14-10 with 12:11 remaining, But RIC scored five goals in succession to take command as the game neared its end.
Gates led UMass Dartmouth with five goals, and Corsano added four. Drolet had eight goals for the Anchorwomen, while Jennifer Ricci added five.
"Clearly, this is a heart-breaking loss for us," said UMD Head Coach Sarah Booker. "We had moments where we played with intelligence on offense, but they were too infrequent. Defensively, we need to develop a higher level of consistency. In order to succeed in the Little East Conference, we will need to take steps and make significant improvement. As a team, we are ready to take these steps; we are ready to move up."
RIC outshot the Corsairs, 50-22. Junior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 21 saves for the Corsairs, while Taryn Carbone made seven for the Anchorwomen.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-11 and 0-5 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Rhode Island College improved to 4-9 and 1-4 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Southern Maine Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE