NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Jordan Lipner-Riza (Worcester, Mass./Burncoat) and classmate Tori Pierce (Tiverton, R.I.) each registered four points to power the Corsairs past Little East foe Rhode Island College, 7-1, this afternoon at Cressy Field.
UMass Dartmouth earned its second-straight victory to raise its record to 4-2-1, while the Anchorwomen slip to 2-3-1. This afternoon's match marked the first conference contest for both teams.
Six different Corsair student-athletes penned a goal in their ledger to help UMass Dartmouth produce its highest offensive output of the season. Lipner-Riza paced the hosts with a pair of markers, while Pierce recorded a goal and two assists. Junior Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, Mass.), sophomore Jessica Sullivan (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham), and freshman Nicole Starkey (Warwick, R.I./Pilgrim) each netted their first goal of the campaign, respectively.
The Corsairs cracked the scoring column in the ninth minute, when Lipner-Riza chipped her shot into the right corner of the net to give the hosts an early 1-0 advantage. The visitors responded in the 11th minute when junior Danielle Peloguin (Pawtucket, R.I./St. Raphael) tucked in a crossing pass along the end line from junior Lauren Maisano (Bristol, R.I./Mt. Hope) into the vacant net.
UMass Dartmouth took control of the match in the 17th minute, scoring a pair of markers in the span of 31 seconds. Pierce played the ball back to a charging Sullivan at the top of the 18-yard box, who ripped the game-winning goal into the back of the net. Lipner-Riza sent the hosts into the halftime intermission leading 3-1 with her second marker of the contest.
The Corsairs continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second stanza, adding four insurance goals to seal UMass Dartmouth's first conference win of the campaign. Pierce notched her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 47th minute, while junior Maura Gonsalves (Dartmouth, Mass.) followed suit nearly nine minutes later. Starkey registered her first collegiate marker in the 71st minute, while Friedland completed the scoring in the 80th minute.
In between the pipes, senior Michelle Miller (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) did not have to make a save to earn the victory. Freshman Ajyanna Jones (Boston, Mass./John D.O'Bryant) made her intercollegiate debut by playing the final 14 minutes of regulation. Rhode Island College junior netminder Audrey Maia (Norton, Mass.) stopped eight shots in the loss.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4 p.m. on Sept. 25, when the Corsairs travel to Mitchell College for a non-conference match.