March 14, 2013

Women's Lax Handles Mass. Maritime, 22-9

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - Three different players scored five goals apiece to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team past visiting Massachusetts Maritime 22-9 in the Corsairs' 2013 home opener at Cressy Field Thursday evening.

Freshman attacker Colleen Kane (Arlington, MA/Arlington), senior attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth) and junior midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne) all had five markers for UMass Dartmouth, which improves to 2-0 on the young season. The trio accounted for 21 of the Corsairs 30 shots on goal.

After Kane and Enos staked UMD to a 2-0 lead, back-to-back goals by Kim Courcy (Warwick, RI/Warwick) knotted the game at 2-2. A three-goal spurt put the home team up 5-2 , but Courcy and teammate Molly Smith (Westwood, MA/Westwood) responded with two unanswered goals to cut the advantage to 5-4.

The Corsairs used a 7-0 run to close out the first half and open the second to gain control of the game and build a commanding 12-4 lead. UMD would outscore the Buccaneers 10-5 over the remainder of the game to account for the 22-9 final.

Courcy (four goals) and Smith (five goals) paced the Mass Maritime offense on the night.

Sophomore midfielder Madison Reilly (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater) and senior midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam) also scored multiple goals for the Corsairs, with two and three goals, respectively. Gates also dished out a game-high five assists.

UMD held a 30-19 edge in shots on goal and scooped up 32 ground balls to the Buccaneers' 18.

Senior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford) stopped 10 shots for UMass Dartmouth, while Deb Langley (Abington, MA/South Shore Voke) finished with eight saves for MMA (0-1).

"We were happy with our performance," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Sarah Booker. "Colleen Kane had a great game today combined with some of our returning attack players. Madison Reilly also improved significantly today in the midfield. She's playing both sides really well and we're happy that she scored some goals. It definitely wasn't a perfect game so we're looking to work on the things that it's highlighted for us going into our spring break trip to Florida."

The Corsairs will return to action when they play Mount Holyoke Monday in Clermont, FL. The Buccaneers will visit Simmons that same day.