BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Senior Samantha Hayes (Norwood, Mass.) scored a pair of goals and added an assist for a five point performance to lead Bridgewater State to a 5-2 Little East Conference field hockey victory over UMass Dartmouth Wednesday evening at Swenson Field.
Hayes collected both of her tallies in the opening 17-plus minutes of play for the host Bears (8-7, 6-5 LEC), who extended their edge to 3-0 at the break on freshman Victoria Camara’s (Westport, Mass.) goal with 1:27 remaining in the half. Sophomore Brittany Perry (Dighton, Mass.) sliced the visiting Corsairs’ (2-13, 1-8 LEC) by netting her third marker of the season on a feed from junior Elliana Stormwind (Littleton, Mass.) just 2:51 after intermission, but respective tallies off the sticks of sophomore Olivia Ahlman (Halifax, Mass.) and senior Julianne Kilduff (Bellingham, Mass.) in the 49th and 62 minutes gave Bridgewater State its largest lead of the night. Senior Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) closed out the night’s scoring for UMass Dartmouth with her sixth of the season with 4:11 remaining in the match, as she converted passes from Perry and Stormwind to account for the final margin.
Sophomore Emma Daly (Foxboro, Mass.) collected an assist on Camara’s goal in the win for the hosts, as senior Allison Chappell (Raynham, Mass.) picked up the win in net for the Bears with three saves in 55-plus minutes of play. Sophomore Katelyn Banalewicz (Fall River, Mass.) made three first half stops in suffering the setback in goal for the Corsairs, who received eight second half saves from senior Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.). Bridgewater State outshot UMass Dartmouth by a 25-10 margin overall (16-6 on goal), as each team recorded seven penalty corners in the contest.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Worcester State in a Little East match on Saturday morning at Cressy Field beginning at 11:00 am, while Bridgewater State will be idle until Tuesday evening when the Bears travel to Norton, Mass. to square off with Wheaton in a non-league clash that begins at 7:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '20)