Bears Sail Past Corsairs

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team scored four unanswered goals midway through the first half to take a one-goal lead, but Bridgewater State University answered with an 11-1 run en route to a 20-9 victory this evening at Edward C. Swenson Athletic Complex.

The Bears captured their third consecutive win to improve to 5-3 on the season, while the Corsairs fell to 1-6.

Senior Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) and sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) each registered three goals to pace the visitors' attack. The freshman trio of Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.), Kelly Kryzak (Jeffersonville, Vt./Lamoille Union), and Jessica Miles (Lynnfield, Mass.) each penned a marker into their ledger. Kane won a team-high five draw controls, while junior Sarah Kalmes (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) and Miles each collected four ground balls.

Bridgewater State freshman Abbie Pustis (Andover, Mass.) netted a game-high five goals and handed out an assist for six points, while junior Riley Cachelin (Westwood, Mass.) also turned in a six-point performance with three markers and three helpers. Sophomore Lauren Geary (Hull, Mass.) posted five points (2-3), six draw controls, and five ground balls.

The Bears raced out to a four-goal advantage just six minutes into regulation, but Corsano recorded back-to-back markers to trim the UMass Dartmouth deficit in half. The hosts tried to stem the tide, but the visitors strung together four consecutive scores to take a 6-5 lead. Miles ignited the surge with her second goal of the season, while Kane produced consecutive goals and Kryzak capped the run with less than 12 minutes remaining in the half.

Bridgewater State countered with a decisive 11-1 run to seize control of the non-conference contest. The Bears unleased a seven-goal barrage to take a 12-6 advantage before Gibb converted off a feed from classmate Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) to enter the intermission trailing 12-7.

The hosts opened the second stanza the same way they started the first with four unanswered goals. Kane ended the Corsairs' scoring drought with a free-position goal, but Bridgewater State rattled off four more to balloon its lead to 20-8.

The Bears enjoyed a 35-13 advantage in shots, while winning 18 of the 30 draws.

UMass Dartmouth will open its Little East Conference schedule at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, when the Corsairs host Western Connecticut State University.