DANBURY, Conn. – Western Connecticut used a four-goal streak over eight minutes to eventually pull away in a back-and-forth game on Monday, holding on to defeat UMass Dartmouth women's lacrosse 12-11 in Little East Conference play.
With the loss, the Corsairs slip to 7-7 on the year and 3-3 in the league, while the Colonials pick up their second conference victory and now sit at 5-8 overall.
Both teams saw complete team efforts on the night, with senior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) pacing the UMass Dartmouth offense with three goals. Sophomores Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) and Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) potted two scores each and four others scored one, while goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) posted 14 saves.
The Colonials received a game-high four goals off the stick of Meaghan Gustafson (Newington, Conn.), while sophomores Lindsey Eanniello (Danbury, Conn.) and Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, Conn.) potted three and two scores, respectively.
After UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after the opening whistle, Western Connecticut drew even at four goals each after back-to-back scores from Gustafson and Raquel Heitor (Danbury, Conn.) at 19:41.
The visitors were able to silence the Colonials right after, halting the streak with three-straight goals, sparked by junior Kathryn Gibb's (Georgetown, Mass.) fourth goal of the season. Kane buried a free-position shot two minutes later and Taylor Hill (Braintree, Mass.) put her squad up three for the largest lead of the game. Eanniello gained one back with 12 seconds left in the half, putting the score at 7-5 at the break.
Western Connecticut picked up its offensive pace in the second stanza. The Colonials registered the first two goals of the half over five minutes in to again tie the score. Another four minutes would pass until the Corsairs gained back some distance, with Kish and Kane tallying within 20 seconds of each other to put the lead back at two.
The Colonials then made the most of their opportunities over the next eight minutes, with Eanniello scoring two of the next four goals as the hosts took their first lead at 17:44. Corsair sophomore Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) cut the deficit to one, but Gustafson responded two minutes later for WCSU's last goal. With four minutes remaining, Kane again brought the margin within one, but despite two final UMass Dartmouth shots the Colonials kept the visitors off the board and seized the win.
Senior goalkeeper Marisa Remley (New Fairfield, Conn.) turned aside 10 shots on the night, including one with 15 seconds remaining to gather the win. WCSU outshot the Corsairs 38-25 on the game.
The Corsairs will play their final regular-season contest on Wednesday at 7 p.m., hosting non-conference foe Salve Regina. UMass Dartmouth will await Saturday's LEC outcomes to determine final seeding for next week's conference tournament.