March 15, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team used a 10-1 run late in the first half and at the start of the second to break the game open and went on to defeat Sweet Briar, 20-8, Monday afternoon in their 2010 season opener at Lake Lytal Park in West Palm Beach, FL.
Leading, 6-3, the Corsairs scored six consecutive goals to take a 12-3 lead. Juniors Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) and Gillian Carey (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS/UMass) each scored twice while senior Allison Trearchis (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) and freshman Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/East Falmouth HS) each scored one to stake UMass Dartmouth to a nine-goal lead with 1:41 left in the first half. Jessie Edington broke the streak with a goal for the Vixen, but a goal by Trearchis with 19 seconds remaining made it 13-4 at halftime.
Trearchis, senior Andrea Russo (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) and Enos scored the first three goals of the second half to make it 16-4, and Sweet Briar never came closer than 11 goals after that. Wonson, Trearchis and Carey each finished with four goals for UMD, Enos had three, and sophomore Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) added two. Trearchis also had three assists. D.J. Abernathy led the Vixen with three goals, while Brittany Fox added two.
"We were a bit nervous at the start of the game, but then we got things going, and I was very pleased," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "I was pleased with the way we ran our plays, with the leadership of our captains, and what I liked the most was the fact that nobody was selfish. Everyone did a good job of dishing the ball, and everyone was involved in the offense. We ran our offense well, we worked for the shot we wanted, and we did a good job on defense. Several of their goals came on free position shots. Both of our goalies did a good job and we cleared the ball well. We are already better than we were last year."
UMass Dartmouth out shot Sweet Briar, 39-18. Junior Liz Miller (Littleton, MA/Westford Academy/New Hampshire) started, played the first half, and was credited with two saves, and freshman Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) played the final 30 minutes and made seven stops. Happy Lathrop made 12 saves for SBC.
The Corsairs improved to 1-0 with the victory, while the Vixen dropped to 2-4 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Mount Ida next Wednesday, March 24th.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE