Late FSU Rally Tops Women's Lacrosse, 16-11

Freshman attacker Shelby Friedland
Freshman attacker Shelby Friedland

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Fitchburg State scored seven consecutive goals early in the second half and held on for a 16-11 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Thursday.

Trailing, 7-6, the Falcons got a goal from freshman attacker Lindsay White (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS) with 29:04 remaining to tie the score. White scored twice more during the decisive run, which was capped by a goal by freshman attacker Amber Nunes (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) with 15:33 to play.

The Corsairs rallied, with freshman attacker Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) scoring twice and junior midfielder Janelle Boyajian (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) and sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) each scoring once, but could come no closer than 15-11.

Corsano scored three times and junior attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) scored twice as the teams battled to a 6-6 halftime tie. Corsano scored the first goal of the second half before FSU rallied.

Enos, Friedland and Corsano each scored three goals for the Corsairs, while junior midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam HS) added a pair. White led the Falcons with five goals, junior attacker Jessica Bartlett (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS) added four, senior attacker Kelly Finamore (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) had three, and sophomore midfielder Markie Apple (Pittsfield, MA/Pittsfield HS) had two.

"We were fairly evenly matched in the first half, but we let up for about 20 minutes in the second half, and that really turned the tide," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Sarah Booker. "We continued to struggle with draw controls and 50-50 balls. I was pleased that we played hard for the entire game, we never gave up, and we kept trying to get possession of the ball and kept fighting hard on defense. We're excited about playing western Connecticut on Saturday. Today was good preparation for that game."

The Falcons outshot UMD, 44-21. Junior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 19 saves for UMD, while sophomore Dylana Drolette (Burlington, VT/Burlington HS) made four stops for the Falcons.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-4 with the defeat, while FSU improved to 3-3 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State Saturday. Fitchburg State will host Bridgewater State Saturday.


                                                   UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE