DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Wellesley controlled possession from the opening whistle with eight first half goals and physical defense to lock down on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday, earning a 14-5 victory at Cressy Field.
Score: Wellesley 14, UMass Dartmouth 5
Records: Wellesley (1-2) | UMass Dartmouth (2-2)
How it Happened
Blue senior Nikki Sharkin (Summit, N.J.) caught fire with a game-high five goals, including a 3-for-4 performance on free-position attempts. Wellesley additionally received multiple points from Dacia Persky (Las Vegas, Nev.), Carley Phillips (Waterford, Conn.) and Olivia Strobl (Stafford, Va.), with the trio combining for eight.
UMass Dartmouth senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) was the Corsairs' lone scorer with multiple goals, tallying three, and junior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) registered a goal and a pair of assists. Freshman Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) potted a goal while scooping a game-high six draw controls.
Sharkin put Wellesley in front early with the game's first two goals before Kish found Longo cutting toward the goal, making the score 2-1 just over six minutes in. After nearly 10 minutes without a score, the Blue built a comfortable lead with three-straight points over three minutes. Phillips struck at 14:29, followed by free-position goals from Persky and Strobl.
Longo and Kish connected again for a nearly identical play to the Corsairs' first goal to cut within three, but Wellesley completed the final three goals of the half to jump further in front by an 8-2 margin.
The Blue burst out of the break for the first six goals of the second half to put the game well out of reach, capitalizing on nearly every Corsair blunder. Five of Wellesley's goals found the net in the first eight minutes of the stanza, and midway through the frame Strobl pushed the lead to 14-3. UMass Dartmouth eased the deficit with the final three tallies, with Muir halting the Wellesley run at 9:57. Longo converted on a free-position attempt, and sophomore Angela Correia (Bridgewater, Mass.) dished a well-timed pass to the streaking Kish in the final two minutes.
Inside the Numbers
- Wellesley split time between goalkeepers Wendy Nettelton (La Jolla, Calif.) and Chloe Tucker (San Ramon, Calif.), with Nettleton turning aside six shots in the first half and Tucker five in the second.
- In net for the Corsairs, sophomore Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) posted her third double-digit save total of the young season with 10 stops.
- Wellesley consistently made the most of its free-position opportunities, scoring of 7-of-12 chances, while UMass Dartmouth found the cage on just 1-of-15 attempts.
UMass Dartmouth remains home on Saturday, hosting St. Joseph's (Maine) for a 1 p.m. start. The Blue will host two other Little East Conference opponents next on their schedule, starting with Eastern Connecticut on Friday at 4 p.m.