Catrina Longo Surpasses 100 Career Goals to Carry Corsairs to Double OT Victory

Catrina Longo Surpasses 100 Career Goals to Carry Corsairs to Double OT Victory

SALEM, Mass. – Senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) netted her 100th career goal as part of a career-high, six-score performance that included the game-winner in double overtime, carrying the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 9-8 victory at Salem State on Thursday.

The Basics
Score: UMass Dartmouth 9, Salem State 8 (2OT)
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-3) | Salem State (1-5)

How it Happened
Longo bore the brunt of the scoring load for the Corsairs, while three others tacked on a single goal. Junior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) found the cage to go along with an assist, and classmate Erin Kish caused a team-high three turnovers with four ground balls to go along with a goal. Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) turned aside 14 shots, seven in each half, to keep UMass Dartmouth in contention.

Salem State received a pair of hat tricks from Chelsea Smith (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass.).

The Corsairs started off in dominating fashion, with Kish netting a man-down score from Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) to kick off five-straight UMass Dartmouth goals after the opening whistle. Longo reached her milestone halfway through the opening frame, scoring her third goal on the give from DiPillo to make the score 5-0.

Smith put the Vikings on the board moments later and again at 5:14, but the hosts found themselves trailing 6-3 at halftime. Longo broke a long scoreless streak out of the gate in the second for her fourth goal, but the Vikings rebounded with three unanswered tallies including two by Woodin over the next 14 minutes.

Longo edged UMass Dartmouth ahead 8-6 with 11 minutes remaining, but it would be the last time the Corsairs found the cage in regulation. Salem State's Bridget Lawless (Swampscott, Mass.) put the Vikings within one at 8:21, and Smith registered the equalizer at 3:48. The score would stand past the final whistle and two tries by the Vikings in the first overtime, and with just 44 ticks left in the second extra period, Longo put the Corsairs on top for good.

Inside the Numbers

  • Longo becomes the ninth Corsair in program history to surpass 100 career goals, joining former teammates Colleen Kane '16 and Taylor Corsano '14 as the third to reach the milestone in the past four seasons.
  • The Corsairs forced a season-high 18 caused turnovers against the Vikings despite the slower offense, with five players forcing multiple errors.
  • UMass Dartmouth forced an 0-5 performance by the Vikings on free-position shots, the first outing this season that the Corsairs have held an opponent scoreless on free chances.
  • In the all-time series with Salem State, the Corsairs now rise to 4-2 overall and are winners of two-straight against the Vikings.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth remains on the road Monday, traveling to Salve Regina for a 7 p.m. start time.