Longo, Corsairs Hold off Southern Maine Comeback, 11-9

Longo, Corsairs Hold off Southern Maine Comeback, 11-9

GORHAM, Maine – Late second-half goals by senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) and junior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) thwarted Southern Maine's comeback attempt, edging the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth out of reach for an 11-9 final score in Little East Conference play on Thursday.

The Basics
Score: UMass Dartmouth 11, Southern Maine 9
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-5, 1-1 LEC) | Southern Maine (6-4, 0-2 LEC)

How it Happened
Longo raked in seven points to tie her career-high, registering game-highs with five goals and two assists. Kish and senior Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) both contributed two goals, with Kish adding in an assist, four caused turnovers and five ground balls.

Southern Maine's Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) was the Huskies' high-point marker with three goals, followed by Allison Irish's (Lyman, Maine) two.

Using 17 first half shots to the Huskies' eight, UMass Dartmouth secured a 4-1 advantage in the opening 18 minutes. Jordan potted the game's first goal before Longo free-position goals bookended the Corsairs' four-goal streak, including unassisted scores by freshman Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) and junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.)

Kish and Longo connected once more before the end of the stanza, edging the visitors up 5-2 at intermission and completing Longo's first-half hat trick.

UMass Dartmouth extended its lead to 7-3 with the first two tallies of the second half. Following a Southern Maine goal by Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine), Longo dished to Gibb for the second time in four minutes before scoring again at 23:30 to put the Corsairs up six.

The tides switched in Southern Maine's favor just moments later. Jordan found the cage at 23:04 to start the hosts' five-goal unanswered streak spanning nearly 10 minutes, joining Irish for two goals apiece during the run. With the Huskies within one at 7:49, Kish finally quelled the momentum, and Longo extended the lead back to three at 4:05.

The Huskies converted once more before the final buzzer on a man-up score, but couldn't find the equalizers.

Inside the Numbers

  • UMass Dartmouth committed just seven first-half turnovers while forcing 13 from the Huskies, but turned the ball over 17 times in the second half to allow Southern Maine back within contention.
  • Longo converted on five of her seven shots on goal to draw even with her career-high point total, which she previously set this season against Emmanuel on March 1.
  • Corsair goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) totaled seven saves for the visitors, while Southern Maine's Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) turned aside 10 shots.
  • After dropping seven-straight contests against the Huskies from 2010-2015, the Corsairs have now claimed the last two meetings and even the all-time series at 11-11.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth looks to continue its LEC winning streak at home next Tuesday, hosting Western Connecticut at 7 p.m.