MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – The Corsairs were able to keep pace with Salve Regina throughout the first half thanks to two goals from junior Delaney Burns (Wayne, N.J.), but the Seahawks put in two scores in the final 10 minutes of play to edge the UMass Dartmouth field hockey squad in the season opener for both teams.
Score: Salve Regina 6, UMass Dartmouth 3
Records: Salve Regina 1-0 | UMass Dartmouth 0-1
How it Happened
It took almost half of the opening period and even time of possession before either team was able to get on the board. Fourteen minutes in, Salve Regina registered the first goal before Burns put the Corsairs in the goal column for the first time on 2016 on the assist from senior Katelin Morrissey (Taunton, Mass.).
The Seahawks again pulled ahead by one at 20:56, but Burns was there again to even the score following the foul three minutes later. Another score by the hosts put the halftime deficit at 3-2 for the Corsairs.
The even play continued to begin the second half, until Lindsey Venuto scored her second goal of the game to up the Salve lead to 4-2. Senior Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.) then registered her first goal of the season two minutes later to bring the margin back to one, but the Seahawks made the most of their opportunities in the final 10 minutes with two more goals despite numerous Corsair scoring chances.
Inside the Numbers
- The two-goal performance by Burns is just the second multi-goal outing of her career. Today's scores were the ninth and 10th of her career, respectively.
- Thursday marks just the fourth victory for the Seahawks over the Corsairs since the teams began meeting every season in 2009.
- The contest was close throughout, with Salve Regina narrowly edging the visitors in shots (21-19) and penalty corners (10-8).
- UMass Dartmouth fired six consecutive shots between the 54 and 67 minute marks, but could not covert to tie the score.
- Junior goalkeeper Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) made four stops in the full 70 minutes between the pipes.
The Corsairs have a short Friday break before heading back on the road Saturday to meet MIT in Boston at Noon.