NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team fell to visiting Western Connecticut State, 18-5, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
Western Connecticut took an early 2-0 lead with goals from junior midfielder Emily Brooks (Kingston, NY/Kingston HS) and senior attacker Brianna Mitterando (Mastic Beach, NY/William Floyd HS) in the opening four minutes of play. The Corsairs cut the deficit in half with a goal from junior attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) at the 25-minute mark of the first half. Trailing 3-1, sophomore defender Kathleen Landers (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) delivered a long pass behind the Colonials defense to an open Enos, who beat WCSU sophomore goalie Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, NY/North Shore HS) one-on-one, making it 3-2 with 21:01 to play in the first half. Western Connecticut pulled away from the Corsairs with five consecutive goals in a 10-minute span, powered by two goals from Mitterando, boosting their lead to 8-3. UMD added goals from freshman attacker Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) in the final minutes of the first half, cutting the WCSU lead to 9-4 going into halftime.
The Colonials continued their offensive surge in the second half. WCSU junior attacker Lindsay Gorman (Killingworth, CT/Haddam-Killingworth HS) scored less than 30 seconds into the second half, the first of nine Western Connecticut goals in the half. Colonials' junior attacker Devon Edwards (Islip, NY/Islip HS) had four goals in the final half. Friedland netted the final tally for the Corsairs at the 1:08 mark of the period, en route to the 18-5 loss for UMD.
"We fought hard today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Sarah Booker. "Western Connecticut is a strong team and right from the start they challenged us on defense. We made some adjustments defensively but it didn't go in our favor. We were optimistic, especially in the first half, and we were willing to take on the fight, and we never gave up. We have improved in our transitions and our 50-50 balls, which was one of our goals recently, and now we have to work on our shooting."
The Colonials outshot UMD, 33-23. Junior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 14 saves for the Corsairs, while Portnoy made 14 stops for WCSU.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-5 and 0-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while WCSU improved to 5-3 and 1-0 in the LEC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salem State Thursday. The Colonials will host Framingham State Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE