Women's Lacrosse Comeback Falls Just Short Against Western Connecticut, 15-13

Women's Lacrosse Comeback Falls Just Short Against Western Connecticut, 15-13
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Led offensively by junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) and Catrina Longo's (Billerica, Mass.) combined 12 points, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's comeback attempt fell just short against Western Connecticut by a 15-13 margin on Tuesday at Cressy Field.

The Basics
Score:  Western Connecticut 15, UMass Dartmouth 13
Records:  Western Connecticut (6-7, 1-2 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (7-6, 1-2 LEC)

How it Happened
Douty registered in the scoring column four times while chipping in two assists, while Longo sparked the UMass Dartmouth offense with three goals and as many assists. All of Longo's assists went to senior 
Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.), who registered her first hat trick of the season and chipped in an assist.

WCSU saw monster performances by junior Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, Conn.) and senior Destinee Carey (New Milford, Conn.), as both notched five goals apiece. Carey additionally gathered six ground balls and caused a game-high three turnovers.

The Corsairs gathered a two-goal lead shortly after the opening whistle on scores by Douty and Longo. One minute after the second Corsair goal, WCSU strung together three-straight, starting with Brooke Baldelli's (New Fairfield, Conn.) marker at 24:22. Longo regained the advantage in favor of UMass Dartmouth with a pair of goals, but the Colonials responded with five unanswered over the next 10 minutes to go ahead 8-4.

Gibb halted the streak at 8:06 before Douty and junior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals to close out the first half of action, putting the Corsairs within two.

Both defenses tightened in the second half limiting the opposition's chances. Kosilla buried her first of four on the stanza on a dead sprint from the opening draw to push the Colonials ahead three. Kish and Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) returned fire, cutting the deficit down to just one goal at 26:04, but Kosilla and Baldelli extended the lead back to two.

After consecutive goals by Gibb to draw the Corsairs within one once more, Kosilla again answered with her fourth goal. Douty found the cage on a free-position laser with 11:07 remaining in the match, putting the score at 14-13, but Kosilla was there once more after a seven-minute scoreless period.

The Corsairs had their chances in the waning minutes, none closer than a point-blank shot by Gibb at 1:37, but Missy O'Donnell (Bridgeport, Conn.) recorded two saves in the final two minutes to preserve the edge.

Inside the Numbers
  • The Corsairs were perfect on the clear for the second time this season, going 13-for-13 when moving the ball into scoring position.
  • Sophomore Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) was solid in the crease for UMass Dartmouth with 13 stops for the Corsairs for her 10th double-digit save total on the season.
  • UMass Dartmouth fired 11 free-position shots, its highest total since registering 15 against Wellesley, converting on six. The Colonials were conversely 3-for-5 on free chances.
  • Douty was perfect (3-for-3) on her free-position tries on while corralling five draw controls in the all-around effort.
  • UMass Dartmouth is now 9-14 all-time against the Colonials, with the Colonials taking the last 10 meeting.
Up Next
UMass Dartmouth hits the road to meet Eastern Connecticut for a Saturday LEC showdown at 12 p.m. Western Connecticut returns home to face Rhode Island College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.