FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Fitchburg State offense proved to be a tough task for the visiting Corsairs, as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth dropped a 3-0 Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey decision to the Falcons at Elliot Field on Saturday afternoon.
How It Happened
Fitchburg State (7-4, 4-2) saw four different Falcons notch points in the afternoon clash, with freshman Jordan Bartell (Fitchburg, Mass.) connecting in the 11th minute of play for her first career score off the setup by senior mid Maggie Gallagher (North Attleboro, Mass.). The hosts would add another behind the efforts of junior Aislinn DeHorsey (Leominster, Mass.) on her shot just inside the post to make it a 2-0 affair with a few minutes to go before the half, ahead of senior forward Molly Richard’s (Leominster, Mass.) insurance marker in the 34th minute.
The Corsairs (2-10, 1-6) managed to put four second-half shots up in their quest for a Blue and Gold comeback but nifty work by Fitchburg State net minder Abby Bryant (Ware, Mass.) maintained the scoring margin. UMass Dartmouth’s defensive line fought through the final whistle, including a defensive save in the waning moments by senior Kassidy Cestodio (Westport, Mass.), but the Falcons kept the Corsair offense at bay until the sound of the horn.
Inside The Numbers
- Corsair goalie Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) made 11 saves in net for the squad, making it consecutive contests in which she has turned double-digit shots aside.
- Burke upped her season save total to 103, clinching her second 100+ save year in her career.
- In her freshman season, the Franklin native registered 92 stops.
- Fitchburg State maintained an advantage on penalty corner opportunities, 10-4.
UMass Dartmouth returns home to take on Plymouth State on Tuesday for a primetime matchup at 7 p.m. Simultaneously, the Falcons head to Castleton to continue conference matters.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)