WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Despite a five-point effort from senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team fell to conference leader Eastern Connecticut 12-7 in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon.
Score: Eastern Connecticut 12, UMass Dartmouth 7
Records: Western Connecticut (11-4, 4-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (7-7, 1-3 LEC)
How it Happened
Longo paced the Corsairs with four goals and one assist. On the defensive end, senior Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.), junior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) and junior Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) combined to force 10 turnovers, collecting 11 ground balls and seven draw controls.
For the Warriors, Devyne Doran (South Kingstown, R.I.) finished the contest with three goals, five draw controls, three caused turnovers, and two groundballs.
Eastern Connecticut was able to get on the board early, as Doran found the back of the net at the 22:39 marker. Paige Schneider (East Lyme, Conn.) extended the Warriors' lead to 2-0 under three minutes later. Longo first cracked the scoring column for the Corsairs collected her first at 19:31, and after another goal from Doran, Gibb and freshman Gabby Giangrande (Westbrook, Conn.) went back-to-back to knot the score at three. Alyssa Powers (Ellington, Conn.) regained the lead for Eastern Connecticut briefly, but another goal by Longo sent both teams to the locker rooms tied at 4-4.
Two consecutive goals from Longo and junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) to open the second half gave the Corsairs their first lead of the game. After the goal from Douty, the Warriors would call a timeout and emerge with a five-goal explosion to regain control.
Three goals from Schneider and one apiece by both Powers and Katie Burke (South Windsor, Conn.) would give the Warriors a three-goal lead and the lasting advantage. Longo pulled the visitors back within two in the 14 minute, but goals from Allison Wylie (Ellington, Conn.), Doran, and Burke would clinch the win for Eastern Connecticut.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) registered 11 saves between the pipes, with her counterpart Taylor Emmerson (Colchester, Conn.) making nine stops.
- After UMass Dartmouth outshot the Warriors 14-11 in the first half, Eastern Connecticut rebounded to fire off 22 shots while holding the Corsairs to just six.
- The Corsairs capitalized on only one of their seven free-position shots, while the Warriors put in four goals on six free tries.
- Eastern Connecticut now holds the advantage in the all-time series at 22-5 overall.
UMass Dartmouth sticks to the road, traveling to Rhode Island College to continue LEC play on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m.