DARTMOUTH, Mass. – It was a battle of the two goalkeepers in the Anchormen's Charlie Tashjian (West Warwick, R.I.) and the Corsairs' Jacob Castro (Swansea, Mass.) who made eight and five saves, respectively, in the contest that was shortened by a power outage at Cressy Field on Wednesday evening. The pitch went black with 3:09 remaining in the board, forcing each side to settle for a point apiece as Rhode Island College moved to 3-6-2, 1-4-1 while the Blue and Gold changed its record to 1-9-2, 1-3-2.
How It Happened
The Anchormen were paced by senior midfielder Dennis Vazquez's (Providence, R.I.) three shots in the conference clash, while the Corsairs were led by freshman mid Tailer Goncalves' (Fall River, Mass.) game-high five tries. Rhode Island College's best chance at finding the back of the net came just over half an hour into the battle on freshman forward Brandon Ramos's (Boston, Mass.) curving shot towards the lower left of the frame, only to have it turned away by Castro's full-body dive to just narrowly lay his right glove on the ball.
UMass Dartmouth nearly broke the scoreless affair just after the 53rd minute on senior mid Vangjel Kutulla's (Norwood, Mass.) bid from the six amidst traffic but had his lateral-side kick go straight into Tashjian's chest. The hosts certainly upped the ante on the offensive end in the second stanza, nearly doubling up on their first half shot total, helped by persistent and relentless effort by newly-inserted junior forward Roberto Dos Santos (Fall River, Mass.), but could not quite crack the Anchormen back line.
Inside The Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth put up a season-high 20 shots this evening, surpassing the 15 that had been done on a pair of occasions this campaign.
- Castro has now made at least five saves in four of six outings this year.
- The Corsairs' six corner kick opportunities are their most since opening day, when the squad had seven against Framingham State.
The Blue and Gold stay home to host Southern Maine on Saturday at 1 p.m. Rhode Island College hits the road to take on Wheaton a day later with kick-off in Norton set for 3 p.m.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '20)