Oct. 30, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team lost to visiting Keene State, 1-0, in a Little East Conference match on Senior Day at Cressy Field Wednesday evening.
"Everyone was so excited," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We have a good rivalry with Keene over the past couple years and with the pressure of Senior Day and the pressure of finishing undefeated in conference, I told them to use this game as preparation for next week," continued Castonguay.
At the 19:17 mark of the first half, the Owls netted the lone goal of the game. Following a corner attempt by Keene State, freshmen forward Katlyn Simula (Bridgewater, NH/Newfound Regional HS) gathered the loose ball and fired a shot into the Corsair goal, giving Keene State the 1-0 advantage. The Corsairs continued to battle back during the second half but the stout Keene defense prevented UMD from evening the score, ensuring the 1-0 victory for the Owls.
"We knew their goalkeeper would be strong, I think their defense did an excellent job against us. We had ton of opportunities but it just didn't happen for us today," said Castonguay. "I think this will help with our momentum, I told the team to take each loss, if it can move you forward, as a gift and that's what we will do."
The Corsairs outshot the Owls, 11-4. Freshman goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS), made one save for UMD, while senior goalkeeper Meghan Ledoux (Standish, ME/Bonny Eagle HS) notched nine saves for the Owls.
UMD finished the regular season at 12-7 and 10-1 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while Keene State moved to 15-5 and 8-3 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth and Keene State will both return to action when the Little East Conference Tournament begins on Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY