Field Hockey Downs Southern Maine, 5-0

Field Hockey Downs Southern Maine, 5-0

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Southern Maine, 5-0, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.

The Corsairs remained perfect in LEC play with the win, while running their unbeaten streak to five games. Junior forward Tiffany Richard (Fitchburg, MA/Fitchburg HS) and senior midfielder Jenna Miedzionoski (Beverly, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional) each had a goal and an assist to lead UMD past the Huskies.

Senior defender Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) opened the scoring just 48 seconds into play when she scored off a penalty corner on a pass from junior defender Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, RI/North Kingstown HS). In the 14th minute Richard scored her fifth goal of the season off a pass from Miedzionoski. The Corsairs would take the 2-0 lead into halftime.

UMD came out firing in the second half adding three more goals. Freshman forward Alison Ladue (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater/Raynham)  scored the first of the insurance goals when she found the back of the net for the first time this season off a pass from senior forward Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS). Freshman forward Cory Connolly (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury HS) scored in the 51st minute as Allan and Richard assisted. Miedzionoski capped the scoring in the 55th minute when she found the back of the net off a pass from sophomore midfielder Anna Bohenberger (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS).

"Overall we played a lot more aggressively on offense with a more attacking approach," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "Defensively, our back line played well and we showed good decision making. Our offense put pressure up front and that set the pace for our defense. Moving forward we really need to focus on converting our opportunities and executing on our penalty corners."

The Corsairs outshot the Huskies, 26-11.  Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) made six saves and registered her fifth shutout of the season for UMD, while junior Kayla Kennedy (Windham, ME/Windham HS) made six saves and freshman Casey White (Brewer, ME/Brewer HS) made a save for Southern Maine.

UMD improved to 8-3 and 7-0 in the LEC with the victory, while Southern Maine fell to 5-9 and 2-5 in the LEC with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Trinity Tuesday evening. The Huskies will visit Bates Tuesday.