Seahawks Soar Past Corsairs, 20-12

NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University fired off eight unanswered goals in the second period to lift the Seahawks over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon, 20-12.

Sarah Woods powered the Salve Regina offensive attack with six goals and four assists for 10 points. Abigail Tepper and Grace Kelly each beat the goalie four times and dished out a helper, while Karley Malenczak registered a pair of scores and an assist. Three other Seahawks cracked the scoring column in the victory.    

Sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) was the catalyst for the Corsair attack with five goals and an assist for six points. Freshman Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) contributed four goals and handed one out, while senior Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) added three scores.

The Corsairs held a 9-8 advantage at the break, but the host team quickly regained control during the opening minute of the second. Malenczak tied the game at nine-all off a feed from Woods, then Kelly setup up Woods for her sixth score of the year. Longo registered an unassisted goal three minutes, 20 seconds into the period for UMass Dartmouth to tie the game at 10 goals apiece.  

Salve Regina broke the game wide open with an 8-0 run, with five different players recording tallies in the scoring column. The offensive rush began when Malenczak buried her second score of the contest at the 3:59 mark and was capped when Wood's netted her eighth mark of the season with 12 minutes, 18 seconds on the game clock. Corsano and Kane put a halt to the surge with their ninth and 17th goals of the season, then in the final ten minutes of play Gillepsie and Woods tacked on two insurance goals for the Seahawks.  

In the first period, Salve Regina jumped out to a 2-1 lead when Woods found the back of the cage for her fourth score of the year. The Corsairs answered with three goals of their own, two from Kane and one from Corsano, to take a two score lead.

With the score locked at four goals apiece, Longo beat the goalie three consecutive times in under a minute to swing momentum back to UMass Dartmouth with 11:26 left in the opening stanza.   

Gina Tortorici set up Tepper and Woods to bring her team within one. Kane retaliated by capitalizing on two free position opportunities, boosting the Corsair's lead back up to 9-6. Tepper closed out the first period with two goals in the final minute of play for Salve Regina.  

Josephine O'Reily stopped six shots for the Seahawks on her way to her first win of the season.  Freshman Leah Wilkinson (Northford, Conn.) and classmate Nicole Butts (Milford, Mass.) split time in net for the Corsairs. Wilkinson turned away ten shots in the loss, while Butts recorded three saves.

Salve Regina held an advantage in draw controls (23-11), ground balls (16-7) and total shots (37-19), while UMass Dartmouth converted five of their six free position attempts.

The Corsairs return to action on Saturday, March 15, when they travel to Castleton for a 4 p.m. non-conference matchup.