PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Senior captains Talia D’Ambruoso (Warwick , R.I.) and Erica Hammond (Warwick, R.I.) represented UMass Dartmouth women’s soccer in the Little East Conference postseason awards on Tuesday, as the duo was named First Team All-Conference as voted upon by the league’s head coaches.
Hammond earns a spot on the First Team for the second-straight year after making the Second Team list as a sophomore. D’Ambruoso makes her debut on the First Team this year after landing on last season’s Second Team.
A starter in all 20 of UMass Dartmouth’s games this season, Hammond again commanded the Corsair defense as the center back. Frequently marking opponents’ toughest forwards, she prevented numerous scoring opportunities game in and game out, none bigger than a heads-up goal-line save in the regular-season finale against Plymouth State. This season, Hammond registered her first career points with two assists, both products of her reliable free kick capabilities. Both assists came in key LEC victories, one on Oc. 15 against Southern Maine and the other on Oct. 29 against Plymouth State. Hammond closes her career as the first UMass Dartmouth player to earn All-LEC accolades in three-straight years since defender Stephanie Leahy during the 2002-04 seasons.
For four seasons, D’Ambruoso keyed the UMass Dartmouth offense through her play as a center midfielder. A physical presence around the field, her vision, footwork and ability to fill in at every position were a tough task for defenses to mark throughout her four years. She registered four goals on her senior year, including the lone goals in 1-1 ties with Smith and Bridgewater State while assisting on a goal against Eastern Nazarene. Over four years and 71 games, D’Ambruoso owns 15 goals along with eight assists for 38 career points, with five of her goals coming as game-winners.
In head coach Kate Thomas’ second season, UMass Dartmouth posted a 6-11-3 overall mark with a 3-4 record in LEC competition. With conference victories over UMass Boston, Southern Maine and Plymouth State, the Corsairs secured the No. 4 seed for the LEC Championship. Plymouth State was able to advance past UMass Dartmouth in the first round on penalty kicks.