PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Four University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey seniors garnered postseason Little East Conference accolades on Tuesday, highlighted by captain Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) earning First Team All-LEC accolades at midfield.
Kish was joined by fellow captains Haley Donahay (Cranston, R.I.), who earned Second Team honors at defense, and Delaney Burns (Wayne, N.J.), who gathered Honorable Mention accolades at forward. In addition, Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) was named Honorable Mention at goalkeeper. The LEC honors mark the first for all four Corsairs on their careers.
In her final season, Kish recorded the second-highest point total of her career at 18, consisting of six goals and six assists. A starter in all 19 games for the Corsairs, she picked up game-winners in a 2-0 win over Fitchburg State on Sept. 23 and again in Oct. 3’s victory over Mount Ida. Against the Mustangs, Kish registered her first career hat trick, potting the last three goals to lift the Corsairs to the 4-3 overtime triumph. A contributor all around the field, she led UMass Dartmouth with 59 shots while also securing a defensive save. In her four seasons, Kish was a starter in every single one of her 81 career games, amassing 23 goals and 15 assists for 61 points, good for seventh all-time on the UMass Dartmouth scoring list.
Donahay earned her way to the Second Team following a solid all-around year for the Corsairs. The defender put forth the best offensive season of her career, setting a new career-high for goals (4), assists (3), and points (11). Donahay not only upped her offensive performance in 2017, but remained the stonewall defender she had been throughout her four years, registering a pair of defensive saves including a stop in UMass Dartmouth’s 2-0 win over eventual league champions Keene State on Oct. 21. In 62 career games, Donahay finishes with eight goals and six assists for 22 points, totaling five defensive saves.
Burns was the top goal-scorer for the Corsairs in 2017 with her nine total markers ranking her 13th in the LEC. She added assists to her arsenal this past season as her three helpers were good for a new career-high in the category. All said, the captain started all 18 of her games, totaling a team-high 21 points. On Oct. 12, Burns was responsible for the game-winning goal to break a 3-3 tie in a key league victory against Bridgewater State as part of her two-goal outing. In 66 career games, Burns totaled 31 goals and four assist for 66 points, placing her fifth all-time on the Corsair’s point list.
Burke was the stingiest goalkeeper in the conference, sporting an .824 save percentage that slotted her atop all LEC net minders. The junior shattered her previous season-high for saves, stopping 168 shots in 2017, logging four shutouts with a 2.57 goals against average. UMass Dartmouth’s season-opener against MIT on Sept. 2 was a sure preview of Burke’s outstanding season; she set NCAA Division III’s highest single-game save total of the season with 37, holding the Engineers to just four goals and breaking Seana Golden’s previous school-record of 29 saves. Burke went on to notch six additional double-digit save outings, including a 21-stop performance at St. Joseph’s on Oct. 5 and shutting out Keene State with 11 saves on Oct. 21.
UMass Dartmouth returned to the LEC Championship tournament in 2017, posting a 9-10 overall record in head coach Linee Mello-Frost’s third season. With a 6-5 conference slate and league victories over the likes of Westfield State, Bridgewater State and Keene State, the Corsairs collected the No. 6 seed for the LEC tournament before falling to No. 3 seed Plymouth State in the quarterfinals.