NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team scored six of the game's final seven goals and came from behind to defeat visiting Mount Ida, 12-10, in the season opener for the Corsairs at Cressy Field Thursday afternoon.
Freshman attacker Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) scored the game-winning goal, firing home a shot with 5:41 remaining to break a 10-10 tie. She set up junior attack Brittney Enos' (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) insurance goal with 4:23 to play that gave UMass Dartmouth a two-goal lead.
Friedland scored in the first half, but the Mustangs got two goals from freshman Amanda Bowen (Randolph, VT/Randolph Union HS) and scores from sophomore attack Kayla Bravo (East Providence, RI/East Providence HS) and sophomore attack Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, NY/Bellport HS) to build a 4-1 lead midway through the first half. Bowen scored twice more, but the Corsairs got goals from junior midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam HS), Enos and sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) to cut Mount Ida's advantage to 5-4 at halftime.
Bowen and Sheppard each scored twice in the second half for the Mustangs, while Enos and Corsano scored for UMD, with Bowen's last goal giving Mount Ida a 9-6 lead with 13:03 remaining.
But Enos, Gates and Corsano scored for the Corsairs, and then Gates scored again with 8:47 left to put UMD ahead, 10-9. Bowen tied it for the Mustangs with a goal with 6:10 left, but UMD scored the final two goals to earn the win.
"It was a good win for us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Sarah Booker. "We started out a little slowly, and built momentum as we went along. It took us a while to calm down and settle into our game. One of our goals is to build cohesion on the team, and we did a good job of that today. We played smart, and that was helpful for us in a close game like this one, and proved to be a big asset."
Enos finished with four goals and one assist for UMD, Corsano had three goals and two assists, Gates scored three times and Friedland had two goals and three assists. Bowen scored six goals and added an assist for the Mustangs, while Sheppard added three goals.
The Corsairs outshot the Mustangs, 24-18. Junior goalkeepers Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) of UMD and Kayla Musty (Topsham, VT/Oxbow HS) of Mount Ida each made four saves.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 1-0 with the victory, while Mount Ida dropped to 0-2 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salve Regina Saturday. The Mustangs will visit Emerson a week from Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE