NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team opened the 2014 season with a 20-16 victory over Smith College this afternoon in a non-conference contest at Cressy Field. Senior Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) powered the Corsairs attack with six points, on three goals and three assists.
Freshman Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) made an immediate impact on the UMass Dartmouth (1-0) attack in her collegiate debut, scoring four goals and handing out an assist. Sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) and freshman Kelly Kryzak (Jeffersonville, Vt.) each registered four points, while freshman Rachel Machado (San Diego, Calif.) penned a hat trick in her ledger. Freshman Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) registered a pair of goals, while freshman Jessica Miles (Lynnfiled, Mass.) and freshman Taylor Hill (Braintree, Mass.) each found the back of the net once.
For the Pioneers, junior Petru Bester led all scorers with five goals. Sophomore Rachel Silveria tallied seven points in the contest with four scores and three assists, while freshman Anne Zawacki recorded a hat trick in her collegiate debut. Junior Jessica Lillquist added a pair of goals and assists, respectively.
Smith College (0-1) jumped out to an early one goal lead, but the Corsairs followed with an 8-2 run, capped by one of Machado's three first half scores. Bester netted a free position attempt for the Pioneers before Corsano and Kryzak each found the back of the net to give UMass Dartmouth a 10-5 lead at the break.
In the second stanza, the Pioneers opened with five unanswered goals to bring Smith College within one. Kane recorded her first score of the year off a free position chance to push the Corsair's advantage to13-9.
Down the stretch, Bester and Silveria kept the game within distance, but the Pioneers could not shut down the relentless UMass Dartmouth offensive attack.
Freshman Nicole Butts (Milford, Mass.) made 10 saves to earn her first collegiate victory, while her counterpart Merric Kallfelz (North Easton, Mass.), stopped five Corsair attempts.
UMass Dartmouth converted five of their seven free-position attempts, while Smith College held the advantage in shots (34-29) and draw controls (20-18).
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4 p.m. on March 6, when the Corsairs host Mount Ida College.