Explosive Second Half Propels Women's Lacrosse Over Southern Maine

Explosive Second Half Propels Women's Lacrosse Over Southern Maine

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) and sophomore Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) combined for nine goals in the second half as the Corsairs rattled off 11 scores in the final stanza to carry UMass Dartmouth women's lacrosse over Southern Maine 20-15 in Little East Conference play on Saturday.

Despite five goals from senior Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) and an additional four from junior Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine), the Corsairs outscored the visiting Huskies by six in the last 30 minutes to collect their first LEC win of the season.

Kane and Douty combined with sophomores Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) to record all 20 goals for the hosts. Kane put in a game-high seven, while Douty added a career-high five scores, all in the second half. Kish and DiPillo each netted four, as the former reached a new career-high with the total.

Southern Maine's offense was paced by both Pelligrinelli and Campobasso, with freshman Hannah LaSalle (Humarock, Mass.) and Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) each contributing two goals. Senior goalkeeper Caley Presby (Portland, Maine) posted a strong performance in net, making eight saves in each half. She was assisted in large part by junior Heather Everett (Waterboro, Maine), who led all players with four caused turnovers.

Entering the second half with a one-goal deficit, the Corsairs began the comeback in quick fashion. UMass Dartmouth scored the first three goals of the half, including two from Douty, to reverse the teams' positions. The Huskies responded as they had all game, when Pelligrinelli put in one of 15 free-position goals on the day followed by a Campobasso goal at 9:50 to tie the margin a 12.

Kane and Douty then built the Corsairs up for the first considerable lead of the game, as the duo each scored three times over the next six minutes to put the hosts up 18-12. The Huskies wouldn't score again until the 20:13 mark, gaining three back with back-to-back LaSalle goals, but Kish and Kane kept the visitors at bay, closing the scoring with a goal apiece in the last five minutes while taking valuable time off the clock.

Corsair freshman Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) maintained her presence in goal, turning aside 10 shots on the day including seven in the second half to preserve the win. UMass Dartmouth outshot Southern Maine 45-28 on the contest.

UMass Dartmouth takes a break from league play next Thursday, traveling to Framingham State for a 4:30 p.m. contest. Southern Maine is back at Hannaford Field on Monday against in-state rival Maine-Farmington at 4 p.m.