April 16, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team defeated visiting Wheelock, 18-3, in a non-conference match on Senior Day at Cressy Field Saturday.
Four UMD seniors were honored prior to the game-midfielders Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS), Larissa Basque (Plainville, MA/King Phillip HS), and Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) and defender Kaitlyn Cleverdon (Mendon, MA/Nipmuc Regional HS).
The Corsairs scored the first nine goals of the game in the opening 13 minutes of play. Wonson and Kinchla each scored twice during that span. A goal by Wheelock junior midfielder Karlye Kennedy (Byfield, MA/Triton Regional HS) broke UMD's scoring streak, making it 9-1 with 17:10 left in the first half. Wonson added another goal late in the first half, putting the score at 10-1 going into halftime. UMD rattled off seven straight goals to open the second half, fueled by first career goals by freshman midfielder Kayla Steinhauser (Westford, MA), freshman defender Victoria Wood (New Bedford, MA) and sophomore goalie Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS). Wildcats freshman attacker Jenna Ghoman (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) scored her first goal of the game at the 4:38 mark, cutting the UMD lead to 17-2. Sophomore defender Selina Houghton (Billerica, MA/Shawsheen HS) scored the final goal for UMD, her first of the season, and Ghoman added a late goal for Wheelock, resulting in the 18-3 victory for UMass Dartmouth.
Eleven different players scored for UMD during the contest. Wonson had a game-high four goals with an assist. Junior midfielder Allison O'Rouke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) scored three goals with an assist. Kinchla added two goals with three assists and sophomore attacker Brittney Enos (Falmouth,MA/Falmouth HS) also had two goals with four assists. Freshman attacker Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) had a game-high five assist with a goal. Basque and freshman midfielder Kate Brecken (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) also scored for UMD.
The Wildcats were led offensively by Ghoman with two goals. Kennedy recorded one goal and junior midfielder Kylie Heffer (Exeter, NH/St. Thomas Aquinas HS) added an assist in the loss.
"It was a delightful way to send off our seniors," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "It was a fun game. We know Wheelock is a new program and they are just developing so we wanted to respect that. Overall, I was pleased with our play today and we need to keep this momentum going into our conference game with Eastern Connecticut"
The Corsairs outshot the Wildcats, 36-12. Three goalies appeared for UMD. Donovan made two saves in the first half, while Basque stopped two shots and Wonson made four saves in the second half. Wildcat goalie Alexandra Perry (Malden, MA/Malden HS) stopped seven shots for Wheelock.
The Corsairs improved to 4-6 with the win, while the Wildcats dropped to 0-9 with the loss. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut Tuesday. Wheelock will host Rhode Island College Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE