NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey team utilized a four-goal, second half surge to shutout Wheaton College (Mass.), 5-0, this afternoon in a non-conference match at Nordin Field. Senior Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, Mass./Bishop Stang) provided the offensive firepower with three markers to extend the Corsairs' current winning streak to five matches.
For the second time in as many games, Taylor paced the UMass Dartmouth (5-2) offensive attack with a game-high six points. The senior from Fairhaven, Mass. recorded her fifth career hat trick and first since Nov. 2, 2011 (Worcester State University).
The visitors opening the scoring in the 26th minute, when Taylor redirected a pass from sophomore Alison Ladue (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) into the back of the net. UMass Dartmouth continued to apply the offensive pressure, but had to settle for a 1-0 lead entering the halftime intermission.
The Corsairs broke open a tightly contested affair over the final 35 minutes of regulation with four markers. Taylor provided the visitors with a little breathing room in the 47th minute, knocking home a loose ball in front of the cage. She capped her third-goal performance by converting on a penalty stroke in the 51st minute to post her seventh goal of the season. Senior Devon Herlihy (Exeter, N.H.) and classmate Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) each added an insurance goal in the final six minutes of regulation to provide the final margin of victory.
UMass Dartmouth senior Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass./Old Rochester Regional) made eight saves to earn her third shutout of the season. Wheaton junior Madison Wolters turned aside seven of the 12 shots she faced in the loss.
The Corsairs owned a commanding 22-4 advantage in penalty corners, while holding a 17-11 lead in shots.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24, when the Corsairs travel to No. 2 Tufts University (4-0), the defending NCAA champions, for a non-conference match.