Corsairs Clinch Little East Tournament Berth

Corsairs Clinch Little East Tournament Berth

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Kelly Kryzak (Salisbury, Mass.) recorded 10 points to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 22-13 victory over visiting Rhode Island College this afternoon in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse contest on Cressy Field.

The Corsairs (2-12) win clinched a berth into the 2015 Little East Conference tournament, raising their record within the conference circuit to 1-4.  The Anchorwomen (0-11) are still searching for their first Little East win of the season.

UMass Dartmouth matched its highest single-game scoring total (22) over the past nine years. The Corsairs previously reached this mark against Mass. Maritime on March 14 in 2013.  Alongside Kryzak, junior Collen Kane (Ashland, Mass.) and sophomore Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) delivered multiple-goal performances. Kane finished with six points on four goals and a pair of assists, while Longo delivered a trio of marks in the scoring column and handed out a helper. Freshman Erin LeBlanc (Walpole, Mass.) stopped eight shots as she secured her second win of the season for UMass Dartmouth.  

For the Anchorwomen, senior Jessica Ricci (Hope, R.I.) led the visitors with five scores and an assist. Senior Danielle Landon (Wading River, N.Y.) found the back of the cage three times and aided on three scoring plays, while Jessica Trautman (Narragansett, R.I.) and Allison Smedberg (Cranston, R.I.) each found themselves on the receiving end of a pair of scoring plays. In net, freshman Alasondra Apici (Providence, R.I.) registered eight saves in the effort.

It was a see-saw battle over the first 13 minutes of play, with the both teams producing three goals apiece by 17:31. In the next seven minutes, the Corsairs went on a six goal surge to hold a 9-3 advantage. Kryzak opened up the run with her fourth and fifth scores of the contest. Sophomore Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) beat the goalie off a setup by Kane at 12:51 to put the host team up by three, 6-3. After posting a score of her own, Gibb won the ensuing draw control, raced past the Rhode Island College defense, and connected with Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) for her second goal of the season. Kane finished off the offensive outburst with her 35th and 36th scores of the year.

Faced with a six goal deficit, Ricci and Landon strung together a pair of goals only 42 seconds apart to whittle the gap to four, 9-5, with just over nine minutes left in the opening half. UMass Dartmouth answered with three more goals, a free position from Kryzak and a pair from Longo, to gain its largest lead of the game, 12-5. At 1:04, Ricci found Landon for the Anchorwomen's sixth goal of the game to make the score 12-6 at the break.

Only 36 seconds into the second half, Kryzak setup freshman Jaime Martel (Haverhill, Mass.) for her first goal of her collegiate career. Smedberg retaliated for Rhode Island College, recording an unassisted mark at 27:50, once again bringing the visitors within six.

The Corsairs followed with five consecutive goals to truly separate themselves from the Anchorwomen, 18-7. During the run, freshman Kasey Hayes (Medway, Mass.) cracked th4 scoring column for the first time in her collegiate career. UMass Dartmouth's lead would dip as low as eight, 19-11, after Ricci tallied her fifth score of the contest at 7:36; however the Corsairs would outscore the visitors 3-2 in the remaining minutes to capture the win.         .         

UMass Dartmouth held a significant advantage in shots (36-24), clears (23-13), ground balls (30-19) and caused a game-high 28 turnovers. Rhode Island College dominated the draw control (22-15), behind the efforts of Landon and sophomore Betsy Heidel (Warwick, R.I.), who obtained control of 11 and seven draws.

The Corsairs will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, when they host the University of Southern Maine.  Prior to the start of the match, UMass Dartmouth will honor its lone senior in Sarah Kalmes (Billerica, Mass.).