Oct. 1, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Junior Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) recorded a hat trick as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Salem State, 6-0, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth struck first, less than a minute into the game, when Taylor fired home a rebound off a shot by junior Jenna Miedzionoski (Beverly, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional HS) to give the Corsairs a 1-0 lead. Freshman Anna Bohenberger (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) made it 2-0 when she scored on the rebound of a Miedzionoski shot in the eighth minute of play. The goal was Bohenberger's first as a Corsair. Taylor netted her second goal of the game off a pass from freshman Aubrie Brault (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), putting UMD up 3-0 with 14:15 to play in the first half. Junior Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS) pushed the Corsairs lead to 4-0 with her goal in the 28th minute.
Taylor got her hat trick with a goal in the 54th minute, assisted by Brault. UMD's final score came off a penalty corner with 3:38 to play. Junior Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) rocketed a shot into the back of the goal, sealing the 6-0 victory for UMass Dartmouth.
"I'm glad to see things coming together," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We have tightened up things defensively and now we are playing like the team I knew we had all season. We finished when we were supposed to. We haven't had a game so far this season where we've played a whole 70 minutes, but we had bits and pieces of it today. I'm looking forward to working on a few things Monday, and then coming out hard against Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday. I feel confident about my players and I think they are starting to feel that confidence in themselves."
The Corsairs out shot the Vikings 18-7. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Gallo (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS) made one save for UMD, while sophomore goalkeeper Michaela Boyer (South Hadley, MA/South Hadley HS) stopped eight shots for Salem State.
The Corsairs improved to 5-4 and 4-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Vikings dropped to 3-6 and 0-5 in LEC action with the defeat.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday evening. Salem State will host Keene State Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY