DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth met a tough opponent in Little East Conference leader Western Connecticut, dropping a 4-1 tilt in the rain on Homecoming weekend. During halftime, 13 members of the 1992 Corsairs team were honored for their historic run that led them to the national championship game 25 years ago.
Score: Western Connecticut 4, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (2-8-1, 1-2-0 LEC) | Western Connecticut (11-0-0, 3-0-0 LEC)
How it Happened
The conference's top team wasted no time getting ahead, scoring the first goal of the game in the first ten minutes. It started as Autumn Sorice (Branford, Conn.) worked past a few defenders, putting a shot on net that was turned away by Corsairs' net minder Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.). The deflection was scooped up by Andrea DeVoe (Farmington, Conn.), who finished the goal to put the Colonials ahead.
Western Connecticut doubled its lead in the final two minutes of the opening half, this time with Sorice doing all the work as she tucked her shot inside the left post to score in unassisted fashion.
After the intermission, Sorice re-established her presence on the field, getting a breakaway opportunity in the attacking zone and capitalizing as she beat the keeper one-on-one for her second of the game and conference-leading ninth goal of the season.
UMass Dartmouth broke its scoreless streak off a highlight goal by junior Maddie McGee-Cochran (Lunenburg, Mass.) as the defender took a chance from 50 yards out, depositing the ball under the top crossbar, and over the leap of Jillian Fernandez (Columbia, Conn.) in goal.
In the final five minutes of the game, the Colonials padded their lead when senior Brooke Hellman (Newington, Conn.) centered the ball inside the box to DeVoe, who cashed in on the chance finding the net for her second of the game.
Inside the Numbers
- Western Connecticut held a 17-8 advantage in the shot column with 10 of those coming in the first 45 minutes.
- McGee-Cochran led her team with three shots while senior Liz Stearns (Medway, Mass.) managed a pair of shots herself.
- The Corsairs held a 6-3 margin in saves as Boucher and junior Korina Miguel (New Bedford, Mass.) split time in net. Boucher came up with all six stops.
- Western Connecticut maintained a 9-6 lead in corner chances.
- UMass Dartmouth is just the second team to score on Western Connecticut this season despite having dropped the last two meetings.
UMass Dartmouth hits the road after back-to-back home contests, traveling to Eastern Nazarene for a 7:30 start on Wednesday. Western Connecticut starts a three-game home stand on Tuesday at 4:00 P.M. against Western New England.