WORCESTER, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey team scored the first three goals of the match, but had to withstand a late charge from Worcester State University to earn a 3-2 Little East Conference victory this evening. The Corsairs raise their record to 7-3, including a 4-0 mark in the conference circuit, while the Lancers fall to 6-3.
The UMass Dartmouth offensive attack was clicking on all cylinders in the early moments on the contest. Just two minutes into regulation, the Corsairs took a lead they would not relinquish. Sophomore Emily Anderson (Medway, Mass.) created the scoring opportunity with a crossing pass at the top of the circle to freshman Katelin Morrissey (Taunton, Mass.). Morrissey penned her second marker of the season into her ledger from 10-yards out. Senior Mary Groves (Sutton, Mass.) gave the visitors a 2-0 lead when she scored on a breakway from the right side of the circle.
UMass Dartmouth continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second stanza. Freshman Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.) recorded her second goal of the season off her own rebound to extend the Corsairs advantage to 3-0 with nearly 21 minutes remaining in regulation.
Worcester State would not go quietly as junior Katelyn Abber produced a pair of markers to whittle the hosts deficit to 3-2 with seven minutes, 10 seconds left on the clock.
Senior Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.) made six saves to earn the victory, while sophomore Amanda Carpenter stopped eight Corsair attempts in the loss.
UMass Dartmouth will remain in the Little East action, when the Corsairs host Salem State University at 12 p.m. on Oct. 5.