Oct. 4, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Junior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) scored on a penalty stroke with 9:39 remaining to lift the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team to a 3-2 victory over visiting Salem State in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Sunday evening. The match was rescheduled from Saturday afternoon because of inclement weather.
The Corsairs were awarded the penalty stroke after a Salem State violation in the circle, and Kinchla fired the shot past junior goalkeeper Jessica McKenna (Rowley, MA/Bishop Fenwick HS) to break a 2-2 tie and propel UMass Dartmouth to the victory.
Kinchla assisted on the tying goal by freshman forward Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS) with 20:31 remaining, knocking home a rebound. Junior forward April Rossetti (Saugus, MA/Saugus HS) had put the Vikings ahead, 2-1, when she converted a pass from junior forward Katie LaPrad (Spencer, MA/David Prouty HS) in the circle with 21:21 remaining.
Rossetti put Salem State ahead, 1-0, when she scored on the rebound of a shot by junior forward Karen Atkinson (Reading, MA/Reading Memorial HS) at the 8:15 mark. Allan tied it with the first of her two goals, tipping in a shot by Kinchla with 6:34 left in the first half.
"We didn't come out as strongly as we needed to, and Salem State came out on fire," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We were able to use our depth in transition and kick it into a higher gear. Sometimes, the people on the sideline can see better than the people on the field the intensity level we need. Our conference games usually come down to one goal, and we stayed poised and were able to score."
Allan and Kinchla proved to be a deadly combination. "Erica has been fantastic," said Castonguay. "She's worked her way into the starting lineup for a reason. Steph is always dangerous in the circle. A lot of teams try to take her away, but, if they do, we have other people who can score as well."
The Corsairs out shot the Vikings, 28-14. UMD senior goalkeeper, Seana Golden (Somerset, MA/Bishop Stang HS), made eight saves, while McKenna made 12 for SSC.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 6-4 and 4-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Salem State dropped to 4-4 and 1-4 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Worcester State Tuesday evening. The Vikings will visit Southern Maine Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY