DARTMOUTH, Mass. – In its final regular-season showing, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team took down Little East Conference rival UMass Boston, clinching its third-straight season of at least 10 wins. The Corsairs will await the outcome of Sunday's matches to determine next week's LEC Tournament seeding.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 6, UMass Boston 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (10-4, 6-2 LEC) | UMass Boston (4-6, 3-5 LEC)
How it Happened
In the first doubles match of the afternoon, the duo of Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.) and Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) got the Beacons on the board with an 8-3 victory over the Corsair combo of Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.). The hosts avenged the loss through the efforts of Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) as they took down Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) and Annie Fidelia (Stoneham, Mass.) by a score of 8-0.
Lahaie squared off against Garcia in an exciting match to get singles competition underway. In a decisive tiebreaker, Lahaie outlasted Garcia, 10-7. Conroy defeated senior Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.), 6-4, 6-3 at the second flight, Gauthier captured a third point for the Beacons, taking down McCaffrey, 6-2, 6-4. Fastino was perfect in her singles play effort, beating her opponent Fidelia in straight shutout sets.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs notched their 10th victory this year, which is just the 11th time in team history that the women's tennis program has achieved double-digit wins in a single season.
- In head coach Doug Chapman's five seasons with the team, UMass Dartmouth has reached 10 wins in four campaigns.
- UMass Dartmouth extends its winning streak to four, which is its longest of the year.
The Corsairs' seeding fate awaits tomorrow's matchup between Rhode Island College and Worcester State. The Anchorwomen have already secured the top seed for next week's LEC Tournament, but UMass Dartmouth could secure the No. 2 seed and a bye to the semifinals with a RIC victory.