CLERMONT, FL-The University of New England raced out to an 11-1 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team, 16-7, at the National Training Center Monday evening.
The Nor'Easters scored the first seven goals of the game before sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) put UMass Dartmouth on the board with 10:38 remaining in the first half. Corsano, senior defender Casey Otovic (Wilmington, MA/Bishop Fenwick HS) and senior defender Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) scored the first three goals of the second half for the Corsairs, but they could come no closer.
Corsano led UMD with three goals, while junior midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam HS) added a goal and an assist. Gina Newsome had three goals for UNE, while Hannah Warren had two goals and three assists.
"The score got away from us in the first half, we were very inconsistent on defense," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Sarah Booker. "If we could have played the first half the way we played in the second half it would have been a lot more beneficial. We had too many turnovers and we didn't do as well on ground balls, and that affected our possession. We were able to pull it together better in the second half."
The Nor'Easters outshot UMD, 30-15. Junior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made seven saves for the Corsairs, while Samantha St. Pierre and Irene Bloomer combined to make four saves for UNE.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 2-2 with the defeat, while UNE improved to 5-2 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they Connecticut College at the National Training Center Wednesday evening.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE