NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Keene State scored the first eight goals of the second half and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team, 15-3, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field on Senior Day Saturday.
The Owls took a 7-1 halftime lead. Freshman attacker Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) scored for the Corsairs in the first half, while senior midfielder Caitlyn Corace (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac HS) and sophomore attacker Julie Trombetta (Trumbull, CT/Trumbull HS) each scored twice for Keene State. Sophomore midfielder Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, MA/Oldfield School-MD), freshman defender Polly Grey (Saratoga, NY/Albany Academy for Girls), and freshman midfielder Christa Demovellan (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) scored Keene's other first-half goals.
The Owls scored eight consecutive goals at the start of the second half and built a 15-1 advantage. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) scored both Corsair goals in the second half.
KSC got two goals each from junior midfielder Lauren Brown (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) and junior midfielder Nicole Curry (Hampstead, NH/Pinkerton HS), while freshman attacker Olivia Casey-Moore (Bennington, VT/Mount Anthony Union HS), Corace and Trombetta also scored.
Corsano led the Corsairs with two goals, while junior midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam HS) had two assists. Trombetta and Corace each scored three times for Keene State.
Prior to the match, the Corsairs honored four seniors: Defender Casey Otovic (Wilmington, MA/Bishop Fenwick HS), attacker Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS), defender Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) and midfielder Leanne Canillas (New City, NY/Clarkstown North HS).
"We let down in some aspects of our game today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Sarah Booker. "Unfortunately, we didn't take advantage of some of the clear opportunities that we did have on offense. Keene State is a great team. We had trouble getting open in the midfield and on offense; we'll need to work on our on-field cutting. We need to use some examples of individuals on the team who clearly never gave up and we need to bring that mental toughness next week. We need to come out and work together on offense."
The Owls outshot UMD, 31-9. Junior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 15 saves for the Corsairs, while sophomore goalies Erin Taylor (Brewster, MA/Brewster HS) and Libby Curran (Londonderry, NH/Londonderry HS) each made two for the Owls.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-10 and 0-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 11-3 and 4-1 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College Wednesday evening. The Owls will host Castleton State Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE