April 16, 2009
FITCHBURG, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team rallied from a 7-4 halftime deficit and defeated host Fitchburg State, 10-9, in a non-conference match at Michael P. Riccards Field Thursday evening.
The Corsairs scored the final five goals of the game, with junior midfielder Andrea Russo (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) getting the game-winning goal with 5:23 remaining.
Sophomore attacker Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) started the UMD comeback, scoring twice at 16:47 and again at 15:54 of the second half to cut the deficit to 9-7. Junior attacker Gillian Carey (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS/UMass) scored at 14:37, and junior defender Liz Stapleton (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) scored with 11:41 to tie it, setting the stage for Russo's winning goal.
"It was a comeback for the ages," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "We got some loose balls, went down the field, set up our motion offense, and were patient. Andrea Russo put us ahead with a beautiful shot, and it was our first lead of the game."
Carey scored once and freshman midfielder Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) twice in the first half, with O'Rourke's second goal of the first half tying the score at 4-4 with 7:09 left in the first half. But the Falcons scored the final three goals of the half, then took a 9-5 lead early in the second half before the Corsairs rallied.
"Our goalie (junior Liz Miller, Littleton, MA/Westford Academy/New Hampshire) stuffed them, and they began to press, and that got us going," said Jennings. "It was a dramatic win."
Carey, O'Rourke and Wonson led UMass Dartmouth with two goals each, while sophomore attacker Rachel Carlucci (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS/SCSU) had a goal and an assist. Kelly Finamore scored three times for Fitchburg State, while Kaitlyn Kelley and Amanda Burns each scored twice.
The Corsairs out shot the Falcons, 33-30. Miller made 10 saves for UMD, while Constance Perry made 17 stops for Fitchburg.
UMass Dartmouth won their fifth game in a row and improved to 5-6 with the victory, while the FSC fell to 4-7 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Keene State in a Little East Conference match Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE