Oct. 9, 2009
DANBURY, CT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team erased a one-goal deficit with three unanswered goals and defeated host Western Connecticut State, 3-1, in a Little East Conference match at the Westside Athletic Complex Friday night.
After the Colonials' Melissa Berardi had scored unassisted at 12:25, freshman forward Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) tied the score with the first of her two goals, converting a pass from junior midfielder Linee Mello-Frost (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) exactly eight minutes later.
Junior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) gave the Corsairs the lead for good when she took a pass from junior defender Kate Dorrance (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) and scored just 2:03 before halftime. Kinchla assisted on Taylor's insurance goal at 51:44.
"We played well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "Every game in this conference is a tough game, and we came out a little flat. After we scored, things started to run around, and the rhythm of the game really changed. In the second half, we played well, we played as a unit, and we made the most of our opportunities."
The Corsairs out shot the Colonials, 13-5. UMD senior goalkeeper Seana Golden (Somerset, MA/Bishop Stang HS), made one save, while Heather Stone made nine for WSC.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 8-4 and 6-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, their fifth in succession and sixth in their last seven games, while Western Connecticut State dropped to 3-10 and 1-6 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Trinity next Wednesday night.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY