April 25, 2009
DANBURY, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team staged a late rally but fell just short, losing to host Western Connecticut State, 18-17, in the final Little East Conference match of the regular season at the Westside Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Corsairs, who trailed, 18-14 with five minutes remaining, got goals from sophomore attacker Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS), junior defender Liz Stapleton (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) and junior midfielder Kara Basque (Plainville, MA/King Phillip Regional HS/Sacred Heart) in the final 3:18, with Basque's goal coming with 15 seconds remaining. But UMD could get no closer before time expired.
Freshman midfielder Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) and junior attacker Gillian Carey (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS/UMass) scored early goals to stake UMass Dartmouth to a 2-1 lead. But the Colonials scored five consecutive goals t take a 6-2 lead and led at halftime, 10-7.
Brianna Mitterando's goal 48 seconds into the second half gave Western Connecticut an 11-7 lead, but the Corsairs scored four goals in a row, with Stapleton's goal at 21:02 tying the score at 11-11. Goals by junior midfielder Andrea Russo (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) and Carey put UMD ahead, 13-12 with 17 minutes left, but the Colonials scored the next four goals to take the lead for good.
Junior midfielder Allison Trearchis (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS) had three goals and one assist to lead the Corsairs. Carey scored three goals, and O'Rourke added two goals and a pair of assists. Sophomore midfielder Rachel Carlucci (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS/SCSU), Russo, Basque and Stapleton each scored twice. Ashley Caruso led the Colonials with seven goals, while Kara Kruczkiewicz and Whitney Fairchild each scored four times for WCSU.
"It was a back and forth game, and we came back repeatedly, but it wasn't enough," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "We just ran out of gas. Our team played very well, given the circumstances, and we'll go forward from here."
UMass Dartmouth out shot Western Connecticut, 41-32. Junior goalkeeper Liz Miller (Littleton, MA/Westford Academy/New Hampshire) was credited with 11 saves for the Corsairs, while Mercedes Koehler made 12 stops for the Colonials.
UMass Dartmouth fell to 5-10 and 2-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while WCSU improved to 9-8 and 2-4 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Southern Maine in a first round playoff match in the Little East Conference Tuesday at Cressy Field.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE