SALEM, Mass. -- Senior Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) netted a hat trick to lead UMass Dartmouth to a 7-1 victory over Salem State in the Little East Conference field hockey season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The visiting Corsairs (3-16, 2-10 LEC) overcame an early 1-0 deficit when freshman Kylie Dias (Fall River, Mass.) converted a pass from senior Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.) with 1:12 remaining in the half to forge a 1-1 draw at the break, and Brown gave UMass Dartmouth the lead for good just 5:02 after intermission. Freshman Lydia Stormwind (Littleton, Mass.) extended that margin to 3-1 after taking passes from Anderson and sophomore Grace Sylvia (Dartmouth, Mass.) in the 48th minute, and the visitors took control of the match with three tallies in just over four minutes off the sticks of sophomore Brittany Perry (Dighton, Mass.), Anderson and Brown, who completed her hat trick and accounted for the final margin with just under nine minutes to play.
Brown (who finished the season with a team-leading 10 goals and 22 points) received helpers on her last two tallies from Dias, who finished the day with a marker and three assists for five points for the winners. Anderson capped her collegiate career with a four-point performance for UMass Dartmouth, as sophomore Katelyn Banalewicz (Fall River, Mass.) picked up her second win of the season in goal after making one save in 12-plus minutes of action. Senior Ariel St. Germaine (Wareham, Mass.) also made a stop in the first half of play in the Corsair cage, as the visitors held a 14-3 edge in total shots that included a 13-3 advantage in shots on goal for the contest.
Senior Katherine Crane (Arlington, Mass.) collected the lone marker of the day on a pass from fellow senior Alyssa Drouin (Methuen, Mass.) in the setback for the host Vikings (0-16, 0-12 LEC), who received five saves in 59-plus minutes of play from freshman Kaitlyn O’Shea (Ledgewood, N.J.). Freshman Kelli McCarthy (Foxboro, Mass.) made one stop over the final 10-plus minutes of action for Salem State, as each team had six penalty corners on the afternoon.