April 28, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman midfielder Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) scored a pair of second-half goals and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team held off visiting Southern Maine, 12-11, in a first round Little East Conference playoff match at Cressy Field Tuesday.
O'Rourke scored at 11:49 of the second half, just three minutes and five seconds after a goal by Corsairs' junior attacker Gillian Carey (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS/UMass) broke a 9-9 tie and gave UMD the lead for good with 14;24 remaining. Senior attacker Caitlin Albert (Scarborough, ME/Scarborough HS) followed with a goal at 10:46 to cut the lead to 11-10. O'Rourke scored at 9:34 to restore UMass Dartmouth's two-goal advantage, but sophomore attacker Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, ME/Pomfret HS) scored two minutes later to make it 12-11. The Huskies pressed for the equalizer, but the Corsairs kept them off the scoreboard.
Sophomore midfielder Rachel Carlucci (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS/SCSU) scored three first-half goals as UMass Dartmouth erased an early 2-1 deficit and took a 5-2 lead. USM scored the final three goals of the first half, with junior midfielder Jessica Knight (Alfred, ME/Massabesic HS) scoring twice to tie the game.
Neither team led by more than two goals in the second half, with Knight tying the game for the last time at 9-9 with 15:32 remaining.
Carlucci and O'Rourke led the Corsairs with four goals apiece, while Knight had four goals for the Huskies and sophomore midfielder Jessica Martineau (Auburn, ME/Yarmouth HS) added three.
"Our young women really responded under pressure," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "There are times in lacrosse and there are times in life when you have to respond, and they did that today. This is why I love coaching-because our team learned more about themselves today than they did about lacrosse."
Southern Maine out shot UMass Dartmouth, 29-25. Junior goalkeeper Liz Miller (Littleton, MA/Westford Academy/New Hampshire) of the Corsairs and sophomore goalie Rachel Lolley (Gorham, ME/Gorham HS) each made 10 saves.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 6-10 with the victory, while Southern Maine dropped to 6-10 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will play at Eastern Connecticut State Thursday in a semi-final match. The competition was the final match of the season for Southern Maine.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE