DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A late four-goal stretch by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth drew the score even at 13 with less than eight minutes to play, but Bridgewater State buried the final two scores to withstand the Corsairs at Cressy Field on Saturday.
Score: Bridgewater State 15, UMass Dartmouth 13
Records: Bridgewater State (4-4) | UMass Dartmouth (3-3)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) led the Corsairs with four goals, including three-straight late in the second half, and an assist for five points. Freshman Gabby Giangrande (Westbrook, Conn.) posted three scores and three additional Corsairs tallied two goals apiece. Leading UMass Dartmouth's aggressive backline play was junior Annie Lynch (Holden, Mass.) with a career-high four caused turnovers.
Bridgewater State's attack was sparked by senior Melissa Renauld's (Framingham, Mass.) six points, consisting of two goals and four assists. Freshman Victoria McDonough (Marshfield, Mass.) tallied three goals with a pair of helpers, going a perfect 2-for-2 on free-position shots.
Throughout the first half, neither team could build more than a two-goal advantage despite combining for 18 goals through the period. Renauld connected with Alex Lynch (Plainville, Mass.) for the game's first two goals before the Corsairs responded with three to jump ahead. Senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) and junior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) both converted on free-position attempts before Douty notched her first score to put UMass Dartmouth in front at 20:39.
The teams traded goals on back-and-forth possessions until Bridgewater State strung together a three-goal streak beginning at 9:38. McDonough bumped the Bears ahead at 6:38 with a free position goal, but again the Corsairs had an answer with back-to-back scores by Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and Giangrande's man-up tally. McDonough rounded out her five-point half with the frame's final two goals, sending Bridgewater State into the break with a 10-8 lead.
The scoring slowed in the second, but not before the Bears pushed their lead to four goals with the first two scores of the half. Trailing three with 13 minutes remaining, Douty went to work, battling for three unassisted goals over the course of two minutes, and found Giangrande on the cut to tie the game at 13.
With five minutes left, Elizabeth Ettridge (Marshfield, Mass.) broke through on the pass by Renauld, and despite a final defensive push by UMass Dartmouth, BSU's Lynch bookended the game with just six seconds remaining.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth collected a season-high 16 draw controls, outdoing Bridgewater 9-2 on the second half.
- Saturday marks Douty's third four-goal outing of her career, as she previously hit the total twice last season.
- With 13 saves on Saturday, Corsair goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) now sits atop the Little East Conference with 80 stops on the season and second in save percentage at 53 percent.
- UMass Dartmouth put forth its closest contest with the Bears since falling 15-14 in 2006. The only win for the Corsairs over Bridgewater State came in 2005, when UMass Dartmouth claimed an 11-10 victory.
The Corsairs travel next to Salem State next Thursday for a 3 p.m. start, while Bridgewater State hosts Western New England on the same date a 7 p.m.