DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Fitchburg State controlled possession time in the second half, holding off late efforts by UMass Dartmouth women's lacrosse to secure a 10-7 non-conference victory at Cressy Field Wednesday evening.
With the loss, UMass Dartmouth slips to 4-4 on the year upon dropping two straight. Fitchburg State rises to 6-4 and snaps a two-game skid.
The Corsairs were paced offensively by sophomore Raquel Riley's (Wakefield, Mass.) and senior Colleen Kane's (Arlington, Mass.) two goals apiece. Junior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) and sophomore Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) both posted a goal and an assist.
Falcon junior Ali Laferriere (Tyngsboro, Mass.) led all scorers on the evening with four goals, while classmate Andrea Comeau (Watertown, Mass.) and sophomore Carrie Long (Foxboro, Mass.) each added two to the offensive push.
Kane got on the board quick as she has in nearly every contest this season, potting the contest's first goal just over four minutes in on Longo's team-leading 12th assist. Fitchburg State then responded to seize a lasting lead, first taking advantage of back-to-back free position attempts as sophomore Jaimee Lutz (Foxboro, Mass.) and Long each scored within a minute of each other. Laferriere registered her first of the night and Long put in another on a helper from Lutz to put the visitors up 4-1.
Riley broke the Falcons' scoring streak at 14:21, cutting the lead in half, before Laferriere scored again at 18:55. Longo and Douty put the hosts within one on corresponding scores late in the half, but Laferriere again had the last word to carry her squad into the break with a 6-4 advantage.
UMass Dartmouth's first free position goal came from the stick of Kane to begin the second half. The Falcons would shut the door immediately though, commanding the time of possession and rattling off four-straight goals including two from Comeau over the course of 16 minutes. Without much time to spare, Riley and classmate Louisa Stansbury (Milford, Mass.) scored two quick goals before the 23-minute mark, but Fitchburg State was able to keep the ball on its end for the remaining time and seal victory.
In net for the Falcons, senior Liz Darrigo (Billerica, Mass.) was solid, turning aside 12 Corsair shots including six in each period to record the win. UMass Dartmouth freshman Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) registered four saves in each half in the loss.
The Corsairs will look to rise above .500 again on Saturday as they play host to Little East Conference foe Southern Maine at 1 p.m. Fitchburg State is on the road again at MASCAC rival Westfield State at noon on the same day.