Mackenzie Smith Tabbed LEC Rookie of the Week 

Mackenzie Smith Tabbed LEC Rookie of the Week 
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Freshman attack Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.) was named Little East Conference (LEC) Rookie of the Week for her efforts from Apr. 29 to May 5. The Corsairs competed in the LEC Tournament as the #4 seed, going head-to-head with #5 Southern Maine and #1 Plymouth State in the two-game window. 
 

Smith is the first Corsair to receive the rookie recognition this season as she broke out for a career-high in goals and points on Tuesday against the Huskies, notching five each in the 16-15 victory to defend Cressy Field. The first-year Corsair was instrumental in the hosts' win on Tuesdayas three of her five scores either tied the scoring or took the lead. She got the offense going for the first of three early unanswered markers by converting on the free position shot at the 27:17 mark, and then scored again with 7:58 to go by taking the feed from senior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) to help the squad chip away at the then-four goal deficit.  

The Corsairs were down by a score of 11-7 just over a minute into the second half before Smith connected with the nylon on two pivotal goals in the ensuing run, first cutting the margin to 11-9 with 26:31 on the clock, and then blasting the tie-breaking score to give the Blue and Gold a 12-11 lead. While the first round of the conference tournament would seesaw back and forth, Smith would take matters into her own hands once again to break the 12-all knot with another goal with 10:37 remainingTeammate Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) would put the squad ahead for good with just over seven minutes to go, sending UMass Dartmouth to the conference semifinal against Plymouth State. 

UMass Dartmouth concluded its 2018 regular season with a program-best 11 wins. The campaign was a successful one for the Blue and Gold, as it reached its first league semifinal contest since 2009.