GORHAM, ME-Host Southern Maine defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team, 19-8, in a Little East Conference match at Hannaford Field Saturday.
The Huskies jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the opening six minutes of play behind a pair of goals by sophomore midfielder Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, ME/Brunswick HS). A goal from UMD sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) pulled the Corsairs within their closest margin of the contest, 3-2, with 17:56 to play in the first half. The Huskies began to pull away with four consecutive goals in a six-minute span, taking a 7-2 lead. The teams alternated goals in the final ten minutes, with UMD getting a pair from junior attacker Brittney Enos (E. Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS), making it 10-5 going into halftime.
Southern Maine opened the second half with a five-goal burst, powered by two goals from sophomore midfielder Jenna Cyr (Limerick, ME/Massabesic HS), taking a commanding 15-5 lead with 24:00 left to play. Corsano, sophomore defender Victoria Wood (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and senior defender Casey Otovic (Wilmington, MA/Bishop Fenwick HS) added the final goals for UMD, en route to the 19-8 loss at Southern Maine.
Enos led the Corsairs offensively with a team-high three goals. Corsano and Wood each had two goals in the loss. Kelly had a game-high five goals for USM, while junior midfielder Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston HS) and junior attacker Lauren Santo (Salem, NH/Salem HS) each netted three goals.
"Today, we didn't defend their fast breaks with enough speed or urgency, and the score reflected this aspect of our game," said UMD Head Coach Sarah Booker. "Our goalkeeper Angel [Donovan] had some key saves, however we are seeking to minimize the number of shots she sees. Offensively, we combined well at times, but it was not enough. The team will use the time leading up to next season to improve and learn from these losses."
Southern Maine outshot the Corsairs, 50-17. Junior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 14 saves for the Corsairs, while sophomore goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, ME/Sanford HS) stopped nine shots for the Huskies.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-12 and 0-6 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Southern Maine improved to 7-10 and 3-3 in LEC play with the victory. The match was the final action of the season for the Corsairs.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE