Late Rally Lifts Salve Regina Over Women's Lacrosse, 13-12

Late Rally Lifts Salve Regina Over Women's Lacrosse, 13-12

April 14, 2011

Final Stats

MIDDLETOWN, RI-Host Salve Regina scored three consecutive goals late in the second half and held on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team, 13-12, in a non-conference match at Gaudet Field Thursday evening.

Nicole Viola, Kelly Burke and Sarah Livingston scored within a span of two minutes and 22 seconds to help the Seahawks come from behind and take a 13-11 lead with 6:38 remaining. Junior midfielder Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) scored for UMass Dartmouth with 51 seconds remaining, but the Corsairs could come no closer before time expired.

O'Rourke scored twice as UMD took a 5-1 lead midway through the first half. But the Seahawks came back with five goals in a row before freshman attacker Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) tied the score with 4:36 left in the first half. Burke and Viola scored to make it 806, SRU before Corsano scored with 54 seconds left in the first half to make it 8-7.

Senior midfielder Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) scored twice and O'Rourke once to give the Corsairs a 10-8 lead with 20 minutes left. Viola and Megan Clancy scored for SRU to tie the score before Kinchla's goal with 15:26 remaining gave the Corsairs their final lead at 11-10.

O'Rourke and Kinchla scored four goals each for UMass Dartmouth, while Corsano had three. Viola had five goals and Burke three for Salve Regina.

"It was a close game, and a thriller all the way," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "We were ahead, 11-10 and went into our stall, but we made a bad pass and a foul and they scored and tie it up. They scored twice and went ahead, and we came back and scored once more and that was it. We took the early lead but we made some mistakes, and we didn't handle the pressure as well as we needed to."

The Corsairs outshot the Seahawks, 24-20. Sophomore goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made seven saves for UMD, while Natalie Balletta made eight stops for SRU.

The Corsairs dropped to 3-6 with the defeat, while the Seahawks improved to 6-8 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Wheelock Saturday. SRU will host Nichols Saturday.