FITCHBURG, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team scored three goals in the first nine minutes, raced to a 6-0 lead at halftime and went on to rout host Fitchburg State, 10-0, in a Little East Conference match at Elliot Field Wednesday evening.
Senior midfielder Jenna Miedzionoski (Beverly, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional) led the Corsairs with three goals, all in the first half. Freshman forward Cory Connolly (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury HS) and freshman midfielder Jill Levrault (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) each scored twice for UMD.
Miedzionoski started the scoring when she converted a pass from junior defender Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, RI/Kingston HS) at the 3:07 mark. Less than a minute later, Connolly scored, assisted by senior forward Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS). Sophomore defender Chelsey Campbell (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS) made it 3-0 when she scored at 8:48.
Connolly made it 4-0 when she scored in the 12th minute, then Miedzionoski scored twice, the latter goal coming on a penalty stroke with 34 seconds left in the first half.
Allan scored the Corsairs' first goal of the second half, then set up freshman forward Allison Ladue (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater/Raynham HS), who made it 8-0 with a goal in the 44th minute. Levrault scored UMD's final two goals to complete the scoring. Allan finished with a goal and three assists, while Dolce added three assists.
"For the last two practices, we've been emphasizing the number of attacking opportunities we've had, as well as execution on corners," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We concentrated on keeping things simple and executing, and the last two days of practice really helped. Last Saturday's game was a big game for us and brought us together more as a team. Our chemistry is better, we're just working on areas of improvement, and it is showing."
The Corsairs outshot the Falcons, 33-11. Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) made eight saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season for UMass Dartmouth, while Lucy Holewa and Judith Valentin combined to make 15 stops for the Falcons.
UMD improved to 11-5 and 9-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while FSU dropped to 5-9 and 2-7 in LEC action with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Keene State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY