WELLESLEY, Mass. – Arielle Mitropoulos' (Cambridge, Mass.) hat trick proved to be the difference in the Blue's 5-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey squad in Tuesday afternoon's non-conference showdown.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 2, Wellesley 5
Records: UMass Dartmouth (9-9, 6-5 LEC) | Wellesley (6-11, 2-5 NEWMAC)
How it Happened
Wellesley controlled ball possession in the opening minutes of the contest. After a penalty corner, sophomore Mitzi Wiggin (North Hampton, N.H.) made a pass over to the left of the circle to set up teammate Emmy Hamilton (New York, N.Y.) for her third goal of the season and a 1-0 Blue advantage. The host's offense continued its momentum as Fallon Oeser (Brookfield, Conn.) hustled up the right sideline and centered a ball for Mitropoulos to double the Wellesley lead.
With eight minutes to go before the intermission, the Corsairs answered back when junior Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) squeezed a pass through the Blue defense for an uncontested goal by freshman Desarai Melendez (Brockton, Mass.) to cut the deficit in half.
Brown added to her point total on the afternoon by scoring the game-tying goal for UMass Dartmouth to even the affair at 2-2. Just three minutes later, Mitropoulos drove up field and scored following her own rebound to regain the lead for the Blue. The hosts registered another marker on a pass from Hamilton to Haley Chrobock (Branchville, N.J.) to push the Wellesley lead back to two. As the final seconds ticked down, Mitropoulos netted her third goal of the match to pad the Blue's margin.
Inside the Numbers
- Corsair freshman Katelyn Banalewicz (Fall River, Mass.) made her first collegiate start in net, making 17 saves for her squad while in goal.
- Wellesley outshout UMass Dartmouth, 38-10, with the Blue putting 23 on goal to the Corsairs' nine.
- Freshman Hannah Steen (Fall River, Mass.) also made her collegiate debut on the afternoon, recording a defensive save for the Corsairs.
- For just the second time in her career, Brown recorded a goal and an assist in the same game. The first came earlier this fall, when she scored twice and assisted once versus Framingham State on Oct. 10 (5-0 win).
The No. 6 seed Corsairs begin postseason play at No. 3 Plymouth State on Friday, Oct. 27 for the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament. The contest will take place at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H. beginning at 7 p.m.