NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – Despite a team-high six goals from junior attacker Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne), the UMass Dartmouth women's lacrosse team could not find its way past host Eastern Connecticut State in a Little East Conference game at the Mansfield Complex Tuesday afternoon, falling by an 18-10 score.
The Warriors (4-8, 2-2 LEC) wasted little time taking control of the game, scoring four goals, all by different players, in a 3 minute, 59 second span between 22:01 and 16:02 of the first half. Meg Eremita had two assists during the surge.
Corsano got the Corsairs (6-6, 0-3 LEC) on the board when senior midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam) found her in front of the net at 13:39 to make it 4-1.
Daniela Marchitto's unassisted natural hat trick then made it 7-1 in favor of the home squad.
Corsano and Gates again teamed up for a goal at 3:45 to stop the ECSU run.
Carina Filosa (Milford, MA/Milford) added a goal of her own at 1:26, off a Colleen Kane Arlington, MA/ Arlington) feed. Despite the goal Eastern Connecticut closed out the half on a 4-1 run for the 10-3 halftime lead.
Corsano and Kane combined to make the second half much more competitive for UMass Dartmouth, as the pair were responsible for all seven of their team's goals in the frame. Four different players combined to score eight goals for the Warriors in the second stanza.
Corsano (six goals) and Kane (three) led the Corsairs offense, with Gates dishing out a game-high three assists.
Marchitto scored a game-high seven goals for ECSU, with Taylor Buchanan chipping in four. Six other players contributed at least one goal for the Warriors.
Senior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford) stopped 12 shots between the pipes for UMass Dartmouth. Haley Henson and Hannah Keiser combined to make four saves for Eastern Connecticut. The Warriors outshot the Corsairs 41-16 (30-14 on goal) for the contest.
ECSU held a 27-20 edge in ground balls with the teams both capturing 15 draw controls.
"The second half of the game was an improvement over the first half in terms of ball possession and fire, but it wasn't enough," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Sarah Booker.
Both teams are back in action Thursday in non-league matchups, with the Corsairs traveling to Smith and the Warriors welcoming MIT.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE