Field Hockey Denies Eastern Connecticut's Upset Bid
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, Mass.) scored a pair of goals as the Corsairs rallied past visiting Eastern Connecticut State University, 2-1, this evening in Little East field hockey action at Cressy Field.
UMass Dartmouth (9-3) captured its sixth consecutive conference victory this season to extend the Corsairs current Little East unbeaten streak to 17 matches. The Warriors (6-6) with the setback evened their conference record at 3-3.
Eastern Connecticut opened the scoring nine minutes into regulation, when the Warriors were awarded a penalty stroke. Sophomore Hannah Keiser (Danbury, Conn.) converted on the shot from seven-yards out to register her team-leading 11th marker of the season, staking the visitors to a 1-0 advantage.
UMass Dartmouth quickly answered in the 13th minute, when Taylor emerged through a crowd of defenders and buried the equalizer into the back of the net. The Corsairs continued to apply the offensive pressure—outshooting Eastern by a 6-2 margin—over the remaining 22 minutes of action, but had to settle for a 1-1 tie entering halftime.
The 10-minute intermission did not break the hosts' momentum as UMD peppered the Warriors' cage with six straight shots. The Corsairs were finally able to solve the rookie Eastern netminder in the 60th minute. Taylor stole an outlet pass and fired a low shot just inside the left post to register her fifth game-winning goal and 11th overall this season.
In between the pipes, senior Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.) made four saves to earn the victory, while freshman Samantha Scavo (Redding Joel, Conn.) stopped nine Corsair attempts in the loss.
UMass Dartmouth will return to Little East action at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, when the Corsairs travel to the University of Southern Maine (5-9, 2-4 LEC). Eastern Connecticut will also be in conference action on Saturday, hosting Salem State University (5-5, 3-3 LEC) at 12 p.m.