Late Goal Gives Corsairs Win in Battle for First Place

Late Goal Gives Corsairs Win in Battle for First Place

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team came from behind to defeat visiting Bridgewater State, 3-2, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.

The Bears came out firing scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes. Junior forward Demi Miskiv (Centerville, MA/Barnstable HS) opened the scoring in the ninth minute when she found the back of the net for the 14th time this season off a pass from freshman midfielder Jennifer Arnold (West Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth HS). Six minutes later senior midfielder Shelby Farland (Fiskdale, MA/Tantasqua Regional HS) added to the Bears' lead when she scored her 25th goal of the season.


The Corsairs rallied in the 24th minute when they scored two goals 90 seconds apart. Junior forward Tiffany Richard (Fitchburg, MA/Fitchburg HS) got UMD on the board when she converted a pass from senior forward Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS). The Corsairs tied the game at two when senior defender Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) scored her seventh goal of the season.


The two teams would go into the half tied at two and the score would stay that way until the final minute of the game. Junior defender Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, RI/North Kingstown HS) found the back of the net off a penalty corner as time expired to lead the Corsairs to victory. Senior midfielder Jenna Miedzionoski (Beverly, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional) assisted on the play.


"I knew coming into the game that it was going to be a one-goal game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We had a tough week playing some good non-conference opponents and our focus coming into the game was to get back to the positive. Bridgewater has some really good players and we did a good job keying on them defensively."


The Corsairs outshot the Bears, 33-7.  Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) made two saves for UMass Dartmouth, while junior Kacie Sturgeon (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) made 22 saves for Trinity.


UMD improved to 10-5 and 8-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while BSU dropped to 13-2 and 7-1 in LEC action with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Fitchburg State Wednesday evening. Bridgewater State will host Salem State Wednesday.