Nov. 2, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team will begin Little East Conference playoff action when they host Plymouth State in a Little East Conference playoff match Tuesday evening. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at Cressy Field.
The Corsairs enter the LEC Tournament as the second seed, having finished in a four-way tie for first place in the conference with a 9-2 mark, and earning the second seed by virtue of the conference tie-breaker. UMD is 12-6 overall. The Panthers are 10-7 overall, tied for sixth in the LEC with a 6-5 conference mark, and were seeded seventh.
"This is what our whole season is about," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "This was one of our goals. You have to look at the regular season as a building block, and right now, our whole perspective is one game at a time. We had four losses in the first half, and in the second half, we took it game by game. In order to be successful, we had to win as many Little East games as possible, and now it's a whole new season and we're back to zero and zero. Sometimes it helps to go one game at a time and keep a fresh perspective. We have people stepping up big time, and I see improvement in every game."
The Corsairs won at Plymouth State, 2-1 on September 18th, but Castonguay said that the result of that match will have no bearing on tomorrow's contest. "We saw them earlier in the season, and I think we're a different team now," said Castonguay. "I'm anticipating that Plymouth has also gotten stronger, and we're not looking at them as a team we've already played, but as a new opponent. (Head Coach) Bonnie (Lord) is a smart coach, and her team performs well for her. Everyone has a clean slate at tournament time, and it should be a great match."
If the Corsairs win Tuesday, they will host the winner of the match between Southern Maine and Fitchburg State on Thursday evening. If PSU wins, they would travel to the face the winner of that match on Thursday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY