NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University scored eight unanswered goals to break open an 8-5 game en route to a 19-10 Little East Conference victory this evening over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team at Cressy Field.
The Warriors snapped their four-match losing streak to improve to 3-10 overall and 2-2 in the conference circuit, while the Corsairs lost for the first time in three matches to slip to 4-9 and 0-3.
Eastern Connecticut senior Ashley Wolk (Barrington, R.I.) powered the offensive attack with six points, including five goals, while freshman Paige Schneider (East Lyme, Conn.) tallied four markers and an assist. Senior Kelsea Burkhardt (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and freshman Amanda Will (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) each found the back of the net twice for the visitors. Freshman Devyne Doran (South Kingstown, R.I./Prout School) won a game-high six draws, while Wolk was just one off the pace.
Sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) produced five goals to lead the hosts, while freshman Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) scored a goal and dished out a pair of helpers for three points. Classmate Sarah Mealy (Plainville, Mass./King Phillip) netted two markers, while senior Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) and freshman Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) each penned a goal into their ledgers. Corsano was a consistent threat in the circle, winning five draws. Freshman Jessica Miles (Lynnfield, Mass.) scooped up a game-high five ground balls.
The Warriors raced out to an early lead, scoring the first three goals of the contest. Wolk converted a free-position shot just one minute, 34 seconds into regulation, while Schneider finished a feed from freshman Nicole Fretz (Newington, Conn.) 32 seconds later. Burkhardt completed the surge with her first marker of the game at the 4:41 mark.
UMass Dartmouth cracked the scoring column just under seven minutes into regulation, when Gibb used a great individual effort to beat a ECSU defender and then the keeper. The Warriors answered with two consecutive strikes to extend their advantage to 5-1 before Kane responded with a free-position goal. Unfazed, Eastern Connecticut rattled off three of the next four goals take an 8-3 lead with just under nine minutes left in the first frame.
The Corsairs were finally able to string a pair of markers together to whittle their deficit to 8-5. Mealy sent home a pass from Longo, while Kane deposited her second free-position goal of the contest into the back of the net. The hosts would not get any closer as the visitors closed the first half with the final three markers to enter the intermission leading 11-5.
Eastern Connecticut picked up right where they left off in the second half, netting the first five goals of the stanza. Burkhardt ignited the surge, while Wolk tallied back-to-back goals before senior Mikaely Whitehouse (Columbia, Conn./Mercy) and freshman Karen Trescott (Somers, Conn.) recorded their first markers of the contest.
UMass Dartmouth able to trim its deficit to nine goals twice during the final nine minutes, 12 seconds of regulation, most recently when Longo closed the scoring with two ticks left on the scoreboard.
In between the pipes, Eastern Connecticut freshman Taylor Emmerson (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) made three stops to earn her third victory of the season, while her counterpart and classmate Leah Wilkinson (Northford, Conn/North Branford) turned aside five Warrior attempts in the loss.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, when the Corsairs host Little East Conference rival Keene State College. Prior to the start of the conference match, UMass Dartmouth will honor its three seniors that will be playing in their final home game at Cressy Field.