PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After opening up a 6-0 advantage through the first 10 minutes of play, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cruised past host Rhode Island College 14-2 in Little East Conference competition on Thursday evening.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 14, Rhode Island College 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (8-7, 2-3 LEC) | Rhode Island College (2-12, 0-6 LEC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs racked up the totals across the scoring column, led offensively by senior Catrina Longo's (Billerica, Mass.) three goals and four assists for seven points. Junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) was the game's high goal-scorer with four, and freshman Gabby Giangrande (Westbrook, Conn.) tallied two. Defensively, senior Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) and junior Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) combined for half of the Corsairs' 18 caused turnovers.
Tess Bradley (Tiverton, R.I.) and Besty Heidel (Warwick, R.I.) were the goal scorers for RIC, and each picked up an assist. In goal, Julia Eaton (Cumberland, R.I.) turned aside 10 shots.
Less than a minute from the opening whistle, Longo found the cage to open up the onslaught of goals for the Corsairs. Within 10 minutes, UMass Dartmouth expanded the lead to 6-0 as Douty and Giangrande found the cage twice with Longo upping her total to two.
At 15:22, Heidel finally put the Anchorwomen on the board with the assist from Bradley, but it would be the only goal for the hosts in the opening stanza. Douty rounded out her hat trick at 4:51, and junior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) closed the quarter for a 9-1 Corsair advantage.
After Douty closed her night with her fourth goal less than a minute in to the second half, the scoring slowed for both squads. Heidel dished to Bradley for RIC's final tally at 25:41, and the remainder of the night belonged to the visitors, including Longo's 45th goal of the season and junior defender Annie Lynch's (Holden, Mass.) first.
Inside the Numbers
- Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) was not needed for a single save in the first half. In her first full half of her career, freshman Bridget Harrington (Northampton, Mass.) made four stops in the second stanza.
- UMass Dartmouth erupted for season-highs in ground balls (44) and shots (37), while allowing a season-low in goals with a season-low in saves.
- The Corsairs have now won three-straight against RIC, and are 14-3 overall against the Anchorwomen.
UMass Dartmouth returns to Cressy Field on Saturday, hosting Keene State for the final game of the regular season at 1 p.m. The Corsairs will recognize their four seniors prior to the contest.