First Half Surge Carries Smith Past Women's Lacrosse

Sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano
Sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Smith scored eight consecutive goals in the first half, built a 14-5 halftime advantage and defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team,  20-8, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Thursday evening.

Sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS), junior attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) and freshman attacker Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) scored for the Corsairs in the first half, with Friedland's goal tying the score at 3-3 with 25:14 remaining. The Pioneers promptly scored eight goals in succession, three each by freshman attacker Jessica Lilliquist (East Lyme, CT/East Lyme HS), senior midfielder Meaghan Fileti (Palos Verdes Estates, CA/Palos Verdes HS) and freshmen midfielder Mckenzie Hessel (Portland, OR/Wilson HS), and led, 11-3 with 12:05 to play in the first half.

Corsano and Friedland led the Corsairs with three goals each. Fileti and Lilliquist each scored five times for Smith, sophomore midfielder Becky Bracken (Barrington, RI/Barrington HS) had four goals, while Hessel and senior attacker MK Pasini (Columbus, OH/Bishop Hartley HS) each had three.

"We had our good moments, but we weren't able to put them together to truly compete with Smith," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Sarah Booker. "We're looking to handle pressure in the midfield with more composure. Doing a better job of winning draw controls will be a key for us going forward for the rest of the season."

The Pioneers outshot UMD, 46-21. Junior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made eight saves for the Corsairs, while junior goalie Alina Pechacek (Andover, MA/Phillips Academy) made eight for Smith.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-9 with the defeat, while Smith improved to 8-7 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Keene State Saturday. The Pioneers will host St. Joseph's Saturday.


                                                   UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE