MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Juniors Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) and Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) combined for nine goals as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth held off a second-half push by Salve Regina to capture a 14-10 victory at Gaudet Field on Monday evening.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 14, Salve Regina 10
Records: UMass Dartmouth (5-3) | Salve Regina (5-3)
How it Happened
Douty and Kish both tied their career-highs, with Douty rattling off a game-high five goals for the Corsairs. Kish totaled four, including three-straight to close the first half. Senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) chipped in two key scores late in the second half.
Salve Regina senior Kaitlyn Gillespie (Haddam, Conn.) totaled a team-high four goals, with Katie Kline (Brookfield, Conn.) adding a hat trick.
Douty registered the first two goals for UMass Dartmouth, including a man-down score, before freshman Gabby Giangrande (Westbrook, Conn.) went the length of the field to give the Corsairs their first lead. After Gillespie knotted the game at three, Douty put in her third score to kick off a five-goal unanswered streak by UMass Dartmouth heading into the intermission. Kish was responsible for the final three tallies, pushing the Corsairs to an 8-3 halftime advantage.
Senior Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) dished to classmate Taylor Hill (Braintree, Mass.) for the visitors' second man-down goal to open the second half, and Douty's final two goals lifted the Corsairs to their largest lead at 11-4.
With 22 minutes remaining, the Seahawks remained present. Kline bookended two Gillespie goals to bring the hosts back within three at 11:17, but Kish silenced the run. Longo then found the cage for her first goal and UMass Dartmouth's third man-down score, and tallied one more with two minutes left to keep the Corsairs in control.
Inside the Numbers
- For the second-straight outing, sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) tallied 14 saves. She has now reached double-digit saves in all but one outing this season.
- The Corsairs forced a season-high 22 caused turnovers to Salve Regina's 15, as seven different UMass Dartmouth players totaled two on the game.
- UMass Dartmouth has now prevailed in the last two meetings with the Seahawks, with the all-time series sitting at 8-10 in favor of Salve Regina.
UMass Dartmouth sticks to the road on Wednesday, traveling to Fitchburg State for a 7 p.m. start before returning home to start Little East Conference play against Plymouth State on Saturday.