April 2, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team fell to visiting Southern Maine, 14-9, in the 2011 Little East Conference opener for both teams at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies took a 3-1 lead in the opening ten minutes, fueled by two goals from sophomore attacker Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston HS). Consecutive goals by Corsair senior attacker Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) pulled UMD even at 3-3 with 14:47 left in the first half. Southern Maine scored the next seven goals of the game, featuring two goals from sophomore attacker Lauren Santo (Salem, NH/Salem HS) and senior attacker Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, ME/Pomfret School). The Huskies scoring streak came to a close when Kinchla fired in her fourth goal of the game, making the score 10-4 with 20:12 remaining in the game. A goal by senior midfielder Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) put the Corsairs within four goals of the Huskies, 10-6, with 17:31 on the clock. The Huskies outscored the Corsairs, 4-3, to close the game en route to a 14-9 victory.
Kinchla led UMass Dartmouth with a game-high four goals, senior midfielder Larissa Basque (Plainville, MA/King Phillip HS) added two goals, while sophomore attacker Brittany Enos (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) and sophomore midfielder Denise Gates (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) had a goal and an assist each. Turcotte led Southern Maine with three goals and three assists, Vaughan netted two goals with three assists, Santo had three goals, and freshman midfielder Jackie Kelly (Brunswick, ME/Brunswick HS) added two goals and an assist.
"It was a tough loss for us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "In the first half, we gave them too many opportunities because of our slow play and that's what made the difference. We responded in the second half and played more competitively. It just wasn't the way we are used to playing. We have to be more confident in ourselves moving forward."
The Corsairs outshot the Huskies, 31-30. Sophomore goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 12 saves for UMD, while sophomore Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, MA/Kents Hill HS) made 14 stops for Southern Maine.
The Corsairs dropped to 2-4 with the loss, while the Huskies improved to 2-6 with the win. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Plymouth State next Friday night. USM will visit Bates Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE