FITCHBURG, Mass. – Fitchburg State registered seven of the second half's first nine goals to build a lasting advantage against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, snapping the Corsairs two-game win streak at Elliot Field on Wednesday evening.
Score: Fitchburg State 12, UMass Dartmouth 8
Records: Fitchburg State (4-5) | UMass Dartmouth (5-4)
How it Happened
Senior Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) netted two goals, with six other Corsairs finding the cage once. Junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) gathered a team-high three points, consisting of a goal and two assists.
Fitchburg State's Tracy Long (Georgetown, Mass.) delivered a game-high four points with three goals and assist. Also tabulating a trio of scores for the falcons was Andrea Comeau (Watertown, Mass.), while Carrie Long (Foxborough, Mass.) caused a game-high five turnovers with seven ground balls and five draw controls.
UMass Dartmouth potted three of the game's first four goals to open up a 3-1 lead halfway through. Senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) tallied the first marker before T. Long drew the score to 1-1. Gibb and junior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) then regained the advantage with back-to-back scores, with assists from Douty and senior Taylor Hill (Braintree, Mass.), respectively.
After a six-minute scoreless period, the Falcons jumped back ahead with three straight markers, capped by Ali Laferriere (Tyngsboro, Mass.) with under two minutes remaining. Seconds later, Corsair sophomore Michelle Ung (Silver Spring, Md.) posted her first career goal to knot the game at 4, but Laferriere tallied once more to bump the hosts to a 5-4 halftime lead.
T. Long and Gibb traded goals to start the second period, but Fitchburg State registered six of the next seven scores to ultimately push the game out of reach. At 2:37, junior Kasey Hayes (Medway, Mass.) converted on a free-position for her first goal of the season, and Douty found the net at 2:13, but time expired on the Corsairs.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs collected a season-high 30 ground balls, the most since collecting 41 last season against Salve Regina. DiPillo topped the UMass Dartmouth roster with five, with Annie Lynch (Holden, Mass.) and Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) each tallying four.
- Corsair goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) recorded 14 saves for the third-straight game.
- Fitchburg State ultimately outdid the visitors on the draw, gathering 15 possessions for the second-most by a Corsair opponent this season.
- The Falcons have prevailed in the last three meetings with UMass Dartmouth, dating back to 2015, and now hold a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series.
UMass Dartmouth opens Little East Conference play on Saturday, hosting preseason favorite Plymouth State for a 1 p.m. start time.