NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Plymouth State, 3-2, in a Little East Conference match on Senior Day at Cressy Field Saturday.
With the win, the Corsairs finished their conference slate a perfect 11-0 in conference play and clinched the top seed and home-field advantage in the upcoming LEC tournament.
Junior forward Kayla Ribsam (Lambertville, NJ/South Hunterdon Regional HS) opened the scoring with just over a minute left to play in the opening half as she finished a pass from freshman forward Cory Connolly (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury HS) for her first goal of the season.
In the second half, the Panthers evened the score when junior forward Olivia Colborn (Lancaster, NH/White Mountains Regional HS) scored on a breakaway. The Corsairs took the lead in 52nd minute when Ribsam tallied her second goal of the game off a pass from senior midfielder Jenna Miedzionoski (Beverly, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional HS).
The Panthers answered back just three minutes later when sophomore forward Kristen Morris (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS) scored an unassisted goal.
Freshman defender Ali Hadley (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) scored her first goal of the season and the eventual game-winner on a penalty stroke in the 61st minute.
"We went into the game with the focus of playing a strong complete game for our seniors," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "After the fact we are able to celebrate this a little finishing 11-0 in conference play. We have been taking a modest approach to our games all season long and we are going to continue to do so heading into the playoffs. Today I'm happy we did a good job holding them to two goals. They have good players up front and our defensive back line played well."
The Corsairs outshot the Panthers, 30-7. Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) made three saves for UMass Dartmouth, while junior Hilary Lemelin (Milan, NH/Berlin HS) made 13 saves for the Panthers.
UMD improved to 14-5 and 11-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Plymouth State dropped to 10-6 and 7-4 in LEC action with the defeat. Both teams will return to action when the LEC playoffs begin next week.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY