Lancers Spoil Corsairs Home Opener

Lancers Spoil Corsairs Home Opener

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth produced its highest offensive output of the season, but Worcester State University exceeded it by six to earn a 15-9 victory this afternoon in a NCAA Division III women's lacrosse game at Cressy Field.

The Lancers led wire-to-wire to remain undefeated with a 6-0 record, while the Corsairs fell to 0-3.

Junior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) registered a season-high four goals to power the UMass Dartmouth attack. Freshman Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) tallied three points, on a marker and two helpers, while sophomore Kelly Kryzak (Salisbury, Mass.) added a goal and an assist. Kane controlled a season-best four draws, while Kryzak and senior Sarah Kalmes (Billerica, Mass.) each collected five ground balls.

Junior Kaila Chase (Northbridge, Mass.) led Worcester State with a game-high five points, on four goals and an assist. Classmate Jackie Connors (Ashland, Mass.) facilitated the attack with two goals and three helpers, while sophomore Alaina Martin (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Alexis Vecchiarelli (Agawam, Mass.) each recorded a hat trick. Connors won a game-high six draws to help give the visitors a 14-12 advantage in restarts.

The Lancers opened the contest with three consecutive goals, including two off Chase's stick, but the Corsairs responded with a pair of goals in 52 seconds. Sophomore Taylor Hill (Braintree, Mass.) potted her first marker of the season, while Kane drew the hosts within one. Worcester State answered less than 30 seconds later to extend the lead to 4-2.

Following an elongated pause in scoring, both teams traded markers within a span of 13 seconds before the Lancers closed the half with a pair in the final 20 seconds to take a 7-3 lead into the intermission.

Connors produced consecutive strikes to begin the second half, which gave Worcester State a 9-3 advantage. However, UMass Dartmouth scored five of the next six goals to whittle the deficit to 10-8. Kane ignited the surge with back-to-back goals 58 seconds apart, but Martin then found the back of the net for the visitors. Freshman Riley Devlin (North Attleboro, Mass.) and classmate Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) netted their first collegiate goals, while Riley capped the surge with a free-position marker.

The Lancers returned the favor, mirroring the Corsair effort with five of the final six goals to seal the non-conference victory.

Sophomore Lea Roubichaud (Holden, Mass.) turned aside six attempts in each frame to complete the contest with 12 saves. Her counterpart, freshman Erin LeBlanc (Walpole, Mass.), made eight stops in the losing effort.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4 p.m. on March 26, when the Corsairs travel to Mount Ida College.