April 29, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team scored nine goals in each half and defeated visiting Western Connecticut State, 18-10, in a first round Little East Conference playoff game at Cressy Field Tuesday evening.
Senior attacker Susie Nearhoof (Frederick, MD/Governor Johnson HS/Frederick CC) and freshman midfielder Larissa Basque (Plainville, MA/King Phillip Regional HS) led the attack for the Corsairs with five goals each. Nearhoof added two assists, and sophomore midfielder Kara Basque (Plainville, MA/King Phillip Regional HS), senior attacker Marie Spang (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) and sophomore attacker Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) each scored a pair of goals.
Junior attacker Whitney Fairchild (New Milford, CT/New Milford HS) scored three goals for Western Connecticut, while sophomore attacker Jessica Majeski (Norwalk, CT/Brien McMahon HS) and senior midfielder Caitlin Everin (Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury HS) each scored twice. The Corsairs scored the final three goals of the first half to take a 9-5 halftime lead, scored four of the first five goals in the second half to claim a 14-6 advantage, and then scored the final three goals of the game after the Colonials had cut their lead to 15-10 with 9:50 remaining.
"Our offense worked very well as a unit, "said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "We scored on set plays, and took advantage of our opportunities. We made a smooth transition from defense to offense, and our shots were on the mark. We also played well defensively, which was a big part of our game plan. We're glad to move on, and are looking forward to playing Eastern Connecticut Thursday."
UMass Dartmouth out shot WCSU, 30-20. Senior goalkeeper Erin Doherty (West Newbury, MA/Pentucket HS) made 10 saves for the Corsairs, while sophomore goalie Angela Vargas (Stonington, CT/Stonington HS) made 12 saves for the Colonials.
The Corsairs improved to 9-5 with the victory, while Western Connecticut dropped to 4-14 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will visit Eastern Connecticut State in a Little East Conference semi-final match Thursday afternoon. The loss was the final action of the season for Western Connecticut.