NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team hosted Trinity College (CT) in the 2013 season opener for both teams at Cressy Field Wednesday evening. The Bantams scored with 9:02 left in the second half and went on to win, 1-0.
The first half had very little offense with both defenses proving to be up to the challenge. Trinity had the only four shots on goal and failed to find the back of the net.
Despite not recording a single shot in the first half, the Corsairs continued to battle against the 19th ranked team in the nation. There was no sign of offense until Trinity's Nikki Rivera (Lawrenceville/Rockaway, NJ) was tripped on a breakaway. The Bantams were awarded a penalty stroke, which senior Sarah Duncan (Noble and Greenough/Dedham, Mass.) converted for the only goal of the contest.
Trailing by only a goal the Corsairs turned up their energy on offense, however even with their increased effort they came up short.
Corsair senior goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) made eight saves for the Corsairs. TC senior goalkeeper Anna Scalambrino (Chicago Latin HS/Chicago, IL) earned the shutout without making a save.
"I don't know if a lot of people knew this but they (Trinity) are a top team in the nation," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Maher. "We have a lot of youth and chemistry to work on."
Trinity improved to 1-0 with the victory, while UMass Dartmouth dropped to 0-1 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host MIT Saturday. The Bantams will host Hamilton Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY