Nov. 5, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team defeated visiting Keene State, 1-0, in a Little East Conference semi-final playoff match at Cressy Field Friday.
The first half of play featured back-and-forth play between both squads that resulted in a scoreless tie going into halftime. At the 46-minute mark of the contest, the Corsairs offense finally produced. Off a penalty corner attempt, sophomore Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) fed the attempt to sophomore Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS), who blasted a shot on goal, but the shot was redirected by senior Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) past Owl senior goalkeeper Meghan Ledoux (Standish, ME/Bonny Eagle HS) into the upper right corner, giving the Corsairs a 1-0 lead. The Corsairs midfield play late in the game prevented scoring chances for Keene State, securing the 1-0 victory for UMass Dartmouth.
"I think we are a really tough team to beat twice, and we did the things we need to do tonight," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "We knew it would take one goal, we knew we had to deny shots from them and I have to give credit to their goalie, she's amazing," continued Castonguay. "We set ourselves up the right way during the regular season, and now we have to come out with a fresh mind and a fresh start for Sunday."
The Corsairs outshot the Owls, 15-6. Freshman goalkeeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) made four saves for UMD, while Ledoux recorded nine saves for the Owls.
UMD improved to 14-7 with the victory, while Keene State finished their season at 16-5 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Bridgewater State in the LEC championship match Sunday. The defeat was the final action of the season for Keene State.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY