November 1, 2011

Women's Soccer Opens Playoffs at UMass Boston

Junior goalkeeper Stephanie Borges

Junior goalkeeper Stephanie Borges

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-For the first time in two seasons, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team will participate in the Little East Conference post-season tournament when the fifth-seeded Corsairs visit fourth-seeded UMass Boston Wednesday afternoon. Game time is 2:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center Field.

The Corsairs bring a 7-10-2 record into the match, while the Beacons are 12-6-1. UMass Boston eliminated UMass Dartmouth in first round matches in 2008 and 2009 at UMB.

"We're very excited, for the first time this season, everyone is healthy, and it was nice to get an extra day of rest," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "We were picked to finish last, so making it this far is an accomplishment, and I'm excited that we're playing UMass Boston."

The Beacons got the jump on the Corsairs in their regular season meeting, which UMass Boston won, 5-0, and Hanewich would like to see her team turn the tables this time. "We missed two early chances in that game, and then they scored," said Hanewich. "It's important that we score first so we can play our game."

The winner of the match will travel to Keene State for the semi-finals Friday. The championship will be held at the highest remaining seed Sunday. The winner of the tournament will earn the Little East Conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championships.