SALEM, Mass. – After taking an 8-8 score into halftime, Salem State University outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 5-2 in the second half to defeat the Corsairs on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field, 13-10.
The Vikings snapped a three-game skid and improved to 5-3 on the season, while the Corsairs dropped their second consecutive game and slipped to 1-5.
Junior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) led the Corsairs with a team-best three goals and two assists. She also produced a game-high eight ground balls and draw controls. Sophomores Jess Miles (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) each generated three points with a pair of goals and an assist, while Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.), Sarah Kalmes (Billerica, Mass.) and Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) all generated a score on the UMass Dartmouth attack.
Salem State senior Kelsey Russell registered a game-high five goals and handed out a pair of helpers in the win. Russell also accumulated seven ground balls, four draw controls and caused two turnovers. Kristen Caso, Kristina Ventura, and Erin Riley all tallied two marks in the scoring column for the Vikings.
The two teams traded scores throughout the first 30 minutes of play, entering the intermission with the score knotted at eight goals apiece. Kane logged three goals and distributed an assist for the Corsairs, while Russell produced identical numbers for the home team.
To open the second half, Kish converted a free position chance with 26:01 on the scoreboard to give UMass Dartmouth the one goal advantage. This would be the last time the visitors held the lead as Salem State went on a three goal run over the next 14 minutes to control the contest, 11-9. Sophomore Kelly Kryzak (Salisbury, Mass.) connected with Kalmes to cut the deficit down to one, but the Vikings tacked on two more goals in the final 11 minutes to solidify the victory.
The Salem State defense held the Corsairs offense in check in the second half; allowing two goals, 11 shots and only one free position attempt. In net, Chyenne Jackson made four saves en route to her fifth win of the season, while freshman Erin LeBlanc (Walpole, Mass.) turned away nine saves.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 pm on Saturday, April 4, when the Corsairs play host to conference opponent Plymouth State University.