Corsairs Fend off Vikings, 10-7

Corsairs Fend off Vikings, 10-7

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. –  The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth utilized a balanced scoring attack to defeat non-conference opponent Salem State, 10-7, this evening at Cressy Field.

The Corsairs put a halt to a seven game skid and improved to 2-7 on the season, while the Lady Vikings dropped to 1-5-1.

Freshman Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) netted three goals for three points to lead the UMass Dartmouth offensive attack, while senior Michele Winchell (Wilmington, Mass.), sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) and freshman Kelly Kryzak (Jeffersonville, V.T.) each added a pair of tallies in the goal column. Kane, who is six goals away from the 100 career goal milestone, added a helper and retrieved five ground balls in the win.

For the visitors, Erin Riley and Kelsey Russell recorded three goals apiece, while defenseman Katie Hart chipped in a mark of her own. Russell dished out a pair of assists and Casey More led the Lady Vikings with four ground balls.

Salem State cracked the scoring column at the 07:08 mark when Riley registered her sixth score of the year. The Corsairs fired back with three goals from freshman Sarah Mealy (Plainville, Mass.), Longo, and Kane to obtain a 3-1 lead. Russell cut the two goal deficit in half at 17:53, but 30 seconds later Winchell scored her first goal of the season to once again increase the lead. Kane added to the advantage when she capitalized on an open net free position attempt after Lady Viking's goalie Chyenne Jackson was whistled for a foul.  UMass Dartmouth recorded two scores in the final three minutes of the first to take a 6-4 advantage into intermission.

The Corsairs opened the second period with three unanswered goals. Kryzak beat the goalie for her ninth and tenth goals of the season and Longo chipped in with her third and final score of the contest at the 09:14 mark.

With 16:15 left on the game clock and UMass Dartmouth clinging to a 9-4 lead, Russell reached double figures in goals scored on the season. Salem State managed to outscore the home team 2-1 in the final 15 minutes of play, but the Corsairs did a good job at running out the clock to preserve the victory.

UMass Dartmouth held a commanding lead in draw controls (12-6) with Kane leading the way with five wins. In net, freshman Leah Wilkinson (Northford, Conn.) stopped five shots in route to her first career college victory for the Corsairs and Jackson turned away eight attempts in 60 minutes of play for the Lady Vikings.

UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Saturday, April 5, when the Corsairs travel to Plymouth State for a 3:30 p.m. conference matchup. Salem State will host Framingham State on Saturday at 6 p.m.