Allison Burke Stands Strong for 37 Saves in Corsair Field Hockey’s Season-Opener

Allison Burke Stands Strong for 37 Saves in Corsair Field Hockey’s Season-Opener

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Despite the 4-0 loss in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's season opener at Cressy Field, senior goalkeeper Allison Burke's (Franklin, Mass.) 37 saves easily set a new career-high, keeping the Corsairs in contention at Cressy Field on Saturday afternoon. 

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 0, MIT 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (0-1) | MIT (2-0) 

How it Happened

The Engineers wasted no time in firing off a barrage of shots (25) throughout the opening period. Despite the aggressive offensive push, the Corsair defense stood its ground firmly behind Burke. MIT was able to find the cage at the 26:34 mark, when Anna Neuman (Abingdon, Md.) found Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) in front of the net for a 1-0 lead. 

After an early second-half goal by the Engineers, a defensive save by senior Haley Donahay (Cranston, R.I.) kept the home team right in it with 30 minutes remaining in the game. Shots by senior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and junior Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.) were knocked away by the MIT defense, keeping the Corsairs from finding the net. 

MIT's offense was led by Emily Penn (Columbia, Md.), who accounted for half of the scoring and finished with 17 shots, 11 of which were on frame. Her 61st minute penalty stroke extended the visiting squad's lead to put the game well out of reach. 

Inside the Numbers

  •  Burke's total is the highest mark for saves by a Corsair goalkeeper since Sceana Golden's 29-save performance at Trinity College (Conn.) on Sept. 17, 2008.
  •  Burke's previous career-high came in a 16-save performance against Plymouth State on Oct. 17, 2015.
  •  The Engineers outshot the Corsairs 56-6 on the day, and owned a 19-3 advantage on penalty corners.

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth will travel to Western Connecticut on Thursday to open Little East Conference play in a 6 p.m. showdown.