DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth women's lacrosse used an eight-goal unanswered streak in the second half to open the 2016 season in commanding fashion, downing the visiting Smith Pioneers by a 15-8 score at Cressy Field on Wednesday.
Senior attack Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) paced all scorers on the evening with nine points, netting five goals on six shots to go along with four assists. Juniors Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) and Taylor Hill (Braintree, Mass.) each added three goals to the Corsair total, with Longo also posting two helpers. Junior Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) rounded out the Corsairs cracking multiple goals with two on the game.
For the Pioneers, sophomore Caroline Myran (Philadelphia, Pa.) paced the roster with three goals, and freshman Bayleigh Bogan (Encinitas, Calif.) buried two. Senior Ray Silveria (Dunstable, Mass.) and freshman Clelie Fielding (Francistown, N.H.) each added a goal and an assist.
Kane got on the board quick, putting the hosts up only 36 seconds in on an assist from sophomore Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.). Longo and Hill each then scored within the first five minutes to give the firing Corsairs a 3-0 lead, as DiPillo picked up her second helper of the game on Longo's score.
Bogan gave Smith its first goal at 12:18, with Kane responding seconds later as UMass Dartmouth went up 4-1. Myran then netted her first score at 18:04, but Kane was there yet again on the opposite end, converting on a free position shot to keep increasing the Corsairs' lead. Following Hill's second score at 22:41, Smith's offense began to click. Bogan and Silveria capped the first half with the final two goals as UMass Dartmouth held a 6-4 advantage at half.
Less than three minutes into the second stanza, Myran put the Pioneers within a goal as she beat Corsair freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) on a free position. UMass Dartmouth then soundly quelled any Smith comeback chance, burying the next eight goals within 13 minutes. Kane, Longo and Gibb each registered two during the stretch.
After freshman Angela Correia (Bridgewater, Mass.) scored at 18:49, Smith gained back some ground by picking up the next three tallies on the board. Hill capped the night, registering the final goal of the game at 26:58.
In net, Burchill had a solid showing in her first game for the Corsairs, making five saves, while sophomore Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) commanded the defensive effort with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. On the other end, Pioneer goalkeeper Meredith Britton (Old Lyme, Conn.) turned aside 11 shots including seven in the first half while Katie Christensen (East Lyme, Conn.) scooped up seven ground balls and caused four turnovers.
UMass Dartmouth will take to the road next, squaring off with Bridgewater State next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Smith will stay on the road to meet Western New England on Saturday at 1 p.m.