Corsairs Defeat Vikings, 3-2

Corsairs Defeat Vikings, 3-2

SALEM, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey team scored a pair of second half goals to defeat Salem State University 3-2 victory this afternoon at Alumni Field.  The Corsairs held a 20-5 advantage in shots, including a 14-2 lead in the second half.

UMass Dartmouth won for the fourth consecutive time to improve to 5-1, the program's best start since 2006. The Vikings drop to 2-4 on the season, including 0-2 in the conference circuit.

Sophomore Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) struck early in the first half when she knocked a loose ball past the Vikings' junior goalie Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass.). Kish has registered at least one point in the past three contests, including two straight games with a marker.

However, senior Kelsey Russell (Arlington, Mass.) answered for Salem State just over four minutes later with a slap shot from just outside the crease that knotted the game 1-1 at halftime.

Senior Ali Ladue (Bridgewater, Mass.) regained the Corsairs advantage, gaining possession after a scrum in front of the net to give UMass Dartmouth a 2-1 lead at the 36:57 mark.

The Corsairs added to their lead when junior Elizabeth St. Germaine (Wareham, Mass.) snuck one past Woodin to bring the score to 3-1. Salem State retaliated minutes later when senior Micaela Keogh (Reading, Mass.) cut the Vikings' deficit to 3-2 after going the length of the field. Despite their late efforts, Salem State could not come up with the equalizer as they were defeated 3-2.

Sophomore Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) made two saves to earn the win, while Woodin finished with 11 saves.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, when the Corsairs hit the road to face Tufts University.