MEDFORD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.) stopped a career-high 21 shots, but the Corsairs fell at No. 2 Tufts University, 5-1, this afternoon at Bello Field.
UMass Dartmouth (5-3) had its five-match winning streak snapped, while the Jumbos raised their overall record to 5-0. This afternoon's match marked the third nationally ranked opponent the Corsairs have faced during the 2013 campaign (Trinity (Conn.), MIT).
Sophomore Alison Ladue (Bridgewater, Mass.) became just the second player this season to register a marker against the defending national champions. The striker dribbled down the right sideline before beating junior goalkeeper Brianna Keenan in the 45th minute. Ladue's third goal of the season snapped the hosts' 168 minute, nine second scoreless streak, which spanned three matches beginning on Sept. 10 against Babson.
Tufts sophomore Dakota Sikes-Keilp led the Jumbos attack with four points, sandwiching second-half goals between Ladue's score. Classmate Hannah Park sparked the hosts' outburst nearly two minutes into regulation, while seniors Chelsea Yogerst and Emily Cannon provided Tufts with a 3-0 advantage heading into the halftime intermission.
Keenan made one save in 54 minutes, 35 seconds of action to earn the victory, while first-year Carrie Cook played the final 15 minutes, 25 seconds in her collegiate debut.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 5 p.m. on Sept. 27, when the Corsairs travel to Little East foe Western Connecticut (3-4, 0-2 LEC).