Oct. 20, 2010
MANSFIELD, CT-Senior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac), senior midfielder Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS) and sophomore forward Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) each scored twice to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team to a 7-0 victory over host Eastern Connecticut State, in a Little East Conference match at the Mansfield Athletic Complex Tuesday.
Sophomore midfielder Devan DePhillips (Whitehouse, NJ/Hunterdon Central Regional HS) put the Corsairs on top when she converted a cross from sophomore forward Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS) at 3:38. Taylor made it 2-0 at 12:36 when she re-directed home a pass from senior midfielder Kellie Ann Finn (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/St. Michael's).
Leading at halftime, 2-0, the Corsairs exploded for five goals in the second half. Senior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) converted a pass from sophomore defender Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) at 36:38, Festinger scored on a pass from Taylor on a penalty corner 1:06 later, Taylor scored on a penalty stroke three minutes after that, Kinchla scored at 45:29, and Festinger finished the scoring with a goal with just over seven minutes remaining.
"It's always important to keep improving, and we had a lot of good team energy at practice this week, and I think that really made a difference," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We've come out flat in some games, but we made the adjustments today on our own. Some people took leadership roles and stepped up their play, and we had good team chemistry. We also got to play everyone, so we were able to utilize our depth."
The Corsairs outshot the Warriors, 28-3. Freshman goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS), made two saves for the Corsairs, while Tia Mucciarone and Danielle Reichardt combined to record 13 for ECSU.
UMD improved to 11-5 and 9-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Eastern Connecticut dropped to 3-12 and 1-8 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Framingham State Saturday. UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY