April 11, 2009
by John Cabral
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-As the rain picked up in the second half, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team poured in the goals. The Corsairs scored five of the game's final six goals en route to their third straight win, a 12-8 victory over visiting Southern Maine in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon.
The Corsairs persevered through what was a tight game for most of the afternoon. With the score tied at seven in the second half, Corsair freshman midfielder Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) took over and made the game her own. O'Rourke scored three of the four consecutive goals notched by the Corsairs during a twelve minute stretch, turning a 7-7 tie with 20:52 remaining into an insurmountable 11-7 advantage with 8:30 to go.
O'Rourke matched a career high with six goals, including an unassisted buzzer-beater to give the Corsairs a 7-5 lead as the first half expired. After the game, UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings was impressed with O'Rourke, who also had two assists. "Alison is a very mature player for a freshman," Jennings said. "We have a history of developing young scorers here, and she seems to be fitting that mold nicely."
The game was close throughout the first half, with neither team holding an advantage of more than two goals at any point. The Huskies' Jessica Martineau (Auburn, ME/Yarmouth HS) scored the game's first goal, but the Corsairs never trailed again after an unassisted O'Rourke goal tied the game at 1-1 with 26:18 remaining.
The Corsairs' first half offense was bolstered by one goal apiece from sophomore attacker Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS), junior midfielder Allison Trearchis (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS), junior midfielder Gillian Carey (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS/UMass Amherst), and sophomore attacker Rachel Carlucci (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS/SCSU). Carey's goal was one portion of a productive afternoon in which she had two goals and two assists.
Jennings spoke glowingly about the team's accomplishments. "That was the best game we've ever played here," Jennings said. "We played beautifully as a team; everybody did their job. I'm so proud of them. They really are a good team now."
Saturday marked another step forward in the development of junior goalkeeper Liz Miller (Littleton, MA/Westford Academy/New Hampshire). Miller, who began the season as a midfielder, ran her streak to three consecutive victories, improving to 3-2 overall as the starter in net. Miller made 12 saves, and allowed a single-digit goal tally for the second time this week. "She made the critical saves she had to make," Jennings said. "The defense rose to the occasion in trying conditions."
The game began during a light rain, which escalated to heavy rain with strong winds by the game's conclusion. The UMass Dartmouth bench was dotted with umbrellas and raincoats, while Southern Maine reserves took refuge by wrapping themselves in blankets. The halftime intermission was shortened from ten minutes to five in a nod to the nasty conditions.
The Corsairs improved to 3-6 and 1-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory. The Huskies fell to 4-5 and 1-1 in conference with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference match Tuesday evening. Southern Maine will visit Plymouth State Tuesday afternoon.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE