Sept. 14, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Two first half goals powered the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team past visiting Endicott, 3-1, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Wednesday evening.
UMass Dartmouth struck early into the first half of play. Less than two minutes into the game, sophomore Kayla Ribsam (Lambertville, NJ/South Hunterdon Regional) controlled a loose ball, after a shot from freshman Anna Bohenberger (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS), and snuck a shot past Gulls junior goalkeeper Taylor Teixeira (Exeter, NH/Exeter HS) giving the Corsairs a 1-0 lead. UMD increased their lead to 2-0 with 17:30 remaining in the first half when junior Jenna Miedzionoski (Beverly, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional HS) netted her first goal of the season on a penalty stroke. Endicott had an opportunity to cut into the deficit with a penalty stroke with less than 14 minutes remaining in the first half, but Corsairs sophomore goalie Kelsey Gallo (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS) made a diving save to preserve UMD's two-goal lead.
In the second half, junior Melissa Enright (York Beach, ME/York HS) pulled the Gulls within a goal when she fired a shot into the back of the Corsair net, off a pass from junior Hannah Thornberg (Oakland, ME/Messalonskee HS), making it 2-1 with 29:27 to play in the second half. With 14:12 left in the game, junior Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS) redirected a pass from Ribsam into the Gulls goal, securing the Corsairs 3-1 victory.
"This will be one of those games we build on for our conference games," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We had some great moments in our passing game, good patterns engaging up field, and we had a couple of dangerous attack runs. After the half, I saw our comfort and energy level begin to lull, and we allowed the goal, and that's when I called a timeout to re-group. We need to set up now that we are entering our conference schedule, work on some set plays and come out ready for Framingham State."
UMass Dartmouth out shot Endicott, 16-12. Gallo stopped seven shots for UMD, while Teixeira made six saves for Endicott.
The Corsairs improved to 2-2 with the victory, while the Gulls dropped to 1-4 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Framingham State Friday evening. Endicott will visit the University of New England Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY