Field Hockey Outlasts Westfield State

Field Hockey Outlasts Westfield State

Sept. 25, 2010

Final Stats

WESTFIELD, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated host Westfield State, 4-3, in a Little East Conference match at Alumni Field Saturday.

The Owls got out to an early lead when freshmen forward Sarah Pliszka (Enfield, CT/Enfield HS) scored from a pass by junior forward Jessica Donovan (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) with 32:48 left to play in the first half. The Corsairs answered back with under ten minutes to play in the half when senior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) fired a shot into the net from a pass by senior defender Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS), evening the score at 1-1.

Six minutes later, sophomore forward Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) scored off a pass from junior defender Maille Lynch-Gilbert (Petersham, MA/Quabbin Regional HS), giving the Corsairs a 2-1 lead. With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Westfield junior forward Jessi Gould (Canton, MA/Canton HS) found junior forward Nicole Gagnon (Andover, MA/Andover HS) open in the Corsairs zone, and Gagnon knocked the ball past Corsairs freshmen goalkeeper Kelsey Gallo ((East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS), making it 2-2 going into the half. "We came out knowing it would be tough but we did some good things as far as our passing and ball control," said Corsairs Head Coach Nicole Castonguay.

With less than 20 minutes to play, the Corsairs took the lead again. Festinger scored off a pass from Lynch-Gilbert, her second assist of the day, increasing the Corsairs lead to 3-2. Less than two minutes later, Westfield tied the score for the third time in the contest. Donovan found the back of the net from a pass by Gould, her second assist of the game, making it a 3-3 game. Just over two minutes after the tying goal, Corsair sophomore forward Abby Zarotny (Waitfield, VT/Harwood Union HS) netted the game-winning goal off a pass by senior midfielder Jacke Anderson (Medway, MA/Medway HS), securing the 4-3 victory for UMass Dartmouth. "Westfield always gives us a tight game, and we know that in conference play, it's always one game at a time," said Castonguay. "We still have things to tighten up but I'm happy with the win and I'm looking forward to our next LEC opponent."

The Corsairs out shot the Owls, 14-10. Gallo made five saves for UMass Dartmouth, while junior goalkeeper Amanda McCarthy (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) made eight for Westfield.

The Corsairs improved to 5-4 and 3-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Owls dropped to 4-4 and 1-2 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Fitchburg State Wednesday evening.