Strong 2nd Half Helps Corsairs Clip Falcons

Strong 2nd Half Helps Corsairs Clip Falcons

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey team scored three, second-half goals to defeat visiting Fitchburg State University, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon in front of a Homecoming Weekend crowd at Cressy Field.

The Corsairs won for the fifth time in their past six matches to improve to 6-2 and remained unbeaten in the conference circuit with a 3-0 mark. The Falcons dipped below the .500 mark with a 3-4 overall and 0-3 in the league.

Sophomore Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) led UMass Dartmouth with two goals, while sophomore Delaney Burns (Wayne, N.J.) opened the scoring with her fourth goal of the season.

The field was titled in the Corsairs' favor throughout the opening 35 minutes of regulation with the hosts holding an 8-0 advantage in shots. Junior Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.) was awarded a penalty stroke in the 11th minute, but senior Judith Valentin (Brockton, Mass.) lunged to her right to protect the post and kept the contest scoreless.

UMass Dartmouth finally broke through in the 52nd minute, when Burns tipped a pass between two Falcon defenders and buried the eventual game-winner into the back of the net.

The Corsairs netted a pair of markers less than six minutes apart to seal the contest. Carden inserted the penalty corner to the right side of the apron, where freshman Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.) sent a diagonal pass through the crease that was tipped in by Kish. UMass Dartmouth converted another penalty corner opportunity in the 58 th minute, when Kish notched her team-leading seventh marker off a feed from senior Ali Ladue (Bridgewater, Mass.)

Sophomore Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) played all 70 minutes in net to earn the victory, while Valentin finished with eight.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29, when the Corsairs travel to Worcester State.