Nov. 1, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team broke a 1-1 tie with two goals late in the second half and defeated visiting Keene State, 3-1, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
Junior midfielder Kylie Treat (Hampstead, NH/Pinkerton Academy) scored the game-winning goal and set up the clinching goal for the Corsairs. After a penalty corner, Treat batted a pass out of the air past KSC goalkeeper Vikki Stoessel with 14:09 left to make it 2-1, Corsairs. Junior midfielder Kellie Finn (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/St. Michael's) assisted. Treat then passed the ball to sophomore defender Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS) on a penalty corner, and Festinger fired a shot home from just inside the circle at the 67:06 mark.
Sophomore forward Natalie Brown opened the scoring, converting a pass from sophomore forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/ Quinnipiac) on a penalty corner just 1:01 into the game. Elizabeth Coffin tied it for the Owls, batting home a rebound at the 21:02 mark. Jacki Benson assisted on the play.
"We thought we might have an advantage, with it being Senior Day and the game being at our place," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "Keene State has a bulls-eye on their back because they're undefeated in the conference, and we knew that if we went out and played the way we were capable of playing, we could come out on top. We didn't take advantage of all of our opportunities, and I wasn't comfortable with a one goal lead against Keene, because anything can happen. In the second half, we were able to stay poised, and now we have our eye on the playoffs."
UMass Dartmouth out shot KSC, 13-11. Corsair junior goalkeeper Seana Golden (Somerset, MA/Bishop Stang HS) made three saves, while Stoessel was credited with seven.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 15-5 and 8-3 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Keene State fell to 15-5 and 10-1 with the defeat. Both teams will host Little East Conference playoffs game Tuesday. The Corsairs will host Westfield State at 6 p.m. at Cressy Field, while KSC will host Bridgewater State.