Colonials March Past Corsairs In Little East Opener

Colonials March Past Corsairs In Little East Opener

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Western Connecticut State University senior Hyla Costello (Southington, Conn.) scored a season-high eight goals to power the Colonials to a 19-10 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this afternoon Cressy Field.

Western Connecticut (2-4, 1-0 LEC) snapped its four-game losing streak, while the Corsairs (1-7, 0-1 LEC) suffered their seventh-straight setback.

Costello filled up the box score with four goals in each half to go along with a team-high seven draw controls and four ground balls. Junior Kelsey Heaton (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) produced six points, on four markers and two assists, while senior Kristen Hudock (Newtown, Conn.) and freshman Destinee Carey (New Milford, Conn.) each chipped in three points. Junior Dana Molloy (Brewster, N.Y.) caused a team-high four turnovers.

Senior Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) led the UMass Dartmouth offensive attack with four markers, while freshman Kelly Kryzak (Jeffersonville, Vt./Lamoille Union) matched her season-high with four points on three goals and an assist. Sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) also tallied a hat trick for the hosts.

The Colonials charged out of the gates, scoring the first three goals of regulation. The Corsairs cracked the scoring column on a free-position shot from Kryzak at the 5:44 mark. The visitors did not waste any time in responding, when senior Elena Gayton (Ellington, Conn) won the draw and marched straight down the field to increase the visitors lead to 4-1.

Trailing 5-1, UMass Dartmouth scored back-to-back goals to trim its deficit to two. Kane started the mini run and freshman Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) capped the surge by converting a feed from classmate Taylor Hill (Braintree, Mass.).

Western Connecticut broke the match wide open over the final 20 minutes of the first half, closing the frame with an 8-2 run to take a 13-5 lead into the locker room. Hudock keyed the surge with three markers, while Heaton converted on a pair of free-position attempts.

Despite allowing the first goal of the second half, Corsairs strung together three consecutive markers to bridge the gap to 14-8. The Colonials were able to withstand the hosts' run as Costello tacked on four insurance goals to dim any hopes of the UMD comeback.

In between the pipes, senior Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, N.Y./North Shore) needed to make just four stops to earn the victory, while freshman Leah Wilkinson (Northford, Conn./North Branford) stopped a season-high 17 attempts.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, when the Corsairs host Salem State University.