DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth pulled to .500 in the Little East Conference, commanding play throughout and rolling to a 2-1 victory over Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 2, Rhode Island College 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-8-1, 2-2-0 LEC) | Rhode Island College (4-7-1, 1-2-1 LEC)
How It Happened
The Corsairs took an early lead when senior Abby Silva (Fall River, Mass.) was found inside the box by freshman Alexis Cote (Westport, Mass.) before unleashing her shot to the left side of the net to pick up her first goal of the season.
UMass Dartmouth continued to pepper the Anchorwomen goalkeeper with 17 shots in the first half of play.
In the second half, Rhode Island College had a pair of opportunities to draw even on the scoreboard with the second coming with 18 minutes to go as Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, R.I.) saw a chance in front, but lifted the ball over the crossbar.
The missed chances of the Anchorwomen proved huge as Corsair freshman Alexis Pacheco (Swansea, Mass.) upped the ante with nine minutes to go, working past a defender atop the box before slotting her team-leading fourth goal of the season to the top left corner to give her team the 2-0 advantage.
Rhode Island College got on the board late as aggressive goalkeeper play allowed an easy opportunity for junior Brittney DeGrooth (Westerly, R.I.) to covert. But it was a case of too little, too late as the clock expired on the 2-1 final score.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth dominated the shot total 29-10 throughout the contest.
- Seven Corsairs had multiple opportunities on net as Silva, Pacheco, and Jaimie Nakamura (Aiea, HI.) all finished with four shots to lead.
- O'Brien logged a complete performance in net with three saves, earning her second win of the season.
- The host had seven corner chances to Rhode Island College's one.
UMass Dartmouth travels next on Monday for a matchup with Johnson & Wales at 7:00 P.M. Rhode Island College squares off with Wesleyan University on Wednesday with the contest set to begin at 7:30 P.M.