Lyons Hold Corsairs At Bay, 17-6

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Mount Holyoke College scored nine consecutive goals to close the first half en route to a 17-6 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team this afternoon in a non-conference contest played at Lake Lytal Park.

Senior Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) registered a hat trick to lead the Corsairs' offensive attack, while sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) tallied a pair of markers. Freshman Jess Miles (Lynnfield, Mass.) scooped up a team-best seven ground balls, caused three turnovers, and chipped in with an assist.

The Lyons (3-3) opened the scoring just 28 seconds into regulation, when Kristen Kiburn notched her first of the game. UMass Dartmouth (1-4) responded less than a minute later as freshman Rachel Machado (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) recorded her fourth goal of the season.

Mount Holyoke used a quick three-goal surge to build a 4-1 advantage. The Corsairs were able to cut their deficit in half, when Corsano converted a feed from Miles. The Lyons seized control of the contest with nine unanswered markers, including the first four by Julia Bell, to take a 13-2 lead into the halftime intermission.

Mount Holyoke and UMass Dartmouth exchanged goals throughout the second half as the Corsairs were unable to cut into their halftime deficit. Kane sandwiched a pair of markers between a Charlotte Wagner score, and Corsano completed her hat trick with two minutes, 31 seconds left on the clock.

In between the pipes, Isa Rodrigues made five stops, including four in the second half, to earn the victory. Corsair freshman Nicole Butts (Millis, Mass./Mount St. Charles) stopped seven shots to suffer her first setback of the season.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, when the Corsairs travel to Worcester State University.