Women's Lacrosse Explodes for 22-6 Win over RIC on Senior Day

Women's Lacrosse Explodes for 22-6 Win over RIC on Senior Day

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth women's lacrosse put in 11 goals in each half on Tuesday evening at Cressy Field, exploding for their highest goal total of the season and gathering a 22-9 Little East Conference victory over Rhode Island College on Senior Day. The program now owns its first 3-1 LEC record since the 2004 season.

The Corsairs were paced by junior Catrina Longo's (Billerica, Mass.) game-high five goals and sophomore Leah Douty's (Framingham, Mass.) stellar stat line, as she accumulated four goals, three assists, nine draw controls and seven caused turnovers on the night.

Sophomore Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and senior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) each also added four goals, as Kane was honored prior to the game as UMass Dartmouth's lone senior and captain.

The Anchorwomen received a trio of goals from both freshman Tess Bradley (Tiverton, R.I.) and junior Betsy Heidel (Warwick, R.I.), as three others put in a goal apiece. Goalkeeper Julia Eaton (Cumberland, R.I.) was solid between the pipes, turning aside 19 shots.

The game was not a foregone conclusion in the beginning, as RIC twice brought the game within two goals in the first half. Three Kane goals, a pair from Longo and junior Taylor Hill's (Braintree, Mass.) fifth goal of the season put the hosts up by four at the 18:30 mark. The Anchorwomen then rattled off three of the next four scores, kicked off by Heidel and finished by junior Allison Smedberg (Cranston, R.I.) and Bradley.

With the score at 7-5, the Corsairs the used the last six minutes of the first stanza to put in four-straight and pad the lead. Kish and Douty traded unassisted goals before Heidel tallied again in the final minute to put the halftime score at 11-6.

The Corsairs then soundly shut the door to restart play. Led by sophomore Kasey Hayes' (Medway, Mass.) second goal of the season, the hosts scored the first five goals of the half in less than ten minutes to secure a comfortable 10-goal lead. RIC's Alison Nolan (Topsham, Maine) broke the streak at 16:22, and the teams traded goals until eight minutes remained. Longo then scored and assisted on a Kane goal, before Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) notched the game's 30th goal at 26:42.

Sophomore Hannah Canasta (New Bedford, Mass.) then put in her first goal of the season with less than two minutes on the clock to cap the offensive flurry of an evening for UMass Dartmouth.

Corsair netminder Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) needed to make only three stops on the outing. UMass Dartmouth dominated possession in the second half, allowing just three RIC shots as all came on breakaways. The hosts were also unstoppable on the draw, collecting 23 controls to the Anchorwomen's nine.

UMass Dartmouth makes the trip to LEC leader Keene State on Saturday, gearing up for a 1 p.m. start. The Anchorwomen host Worcester State on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.