DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) and senior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) combined for seven goals in the 2017-18 season-opener for University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse, but Johnson & Wales rode a seven-goal outing from sophomore Maria Patane (Greenwich, N.Y.) toward the 17-12 victory Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 12, Johnson & Wales 17
Records: UMass Dartmouth 0-1 (0-0 LEC) | Johnson & Wales 1-0 (0-0 GNAC)
How It Happened
Johnson & Wales freshman Dani Lydecker (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) got her collegiate career started just 15 seconds into the season when she gained control on the opening draw before rushing down field to deposit her first-ever goal. With an early 2-0 deficit, the Corsairs notched their first of the year with 21:54 left in the half when freshman Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.) fired her first collegiate goal over the left shoulder of the opposing keeper.
The team's traded blows through the remainder of the opening half as Muir recorded two of her team-high four goals while DiPillo picked up her first of the game, and last of the period for UMass Dartmouth, with five minutes left to play. Johnson & Wales padded their lead before halftime as Pantane tallied two unanswered goals to give the Wildcats a 9-5 advantage.
Pantane continued her dominance in the second-half scoring three unassisted goals in just five minutes of the final period. The Wildcats went on a 5-0 unanswered streak before the Corsairs had a response as senior Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) picked up her first of the year with 18:36 left to play to trim the deficit to 14-5.
The Corsairs began to build momentum less than a minute later as Muir scored back-to-back goals for the host. UMass Dartmouth's offense emerged in the final ten minutes of play as a pair of goals from DiPillo and one apiece by seniors Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and Annie Lynch (Holden, Mass.) trimmed the gap to the 17-12 final score.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth made good on its free position opportunities, netting 3-of-7 to the Wildcats 1-of-7 on the same situations.
- Fouls were called 19-15 with the host committed the majority of them.
- Johnson & Wales controlled the shot total, firing 20 in both periods, en route to a 41-28 advantage in the category.
- The Wildcats forced 26 turnovers in the contest to UMass's 18 caused miscues.
- UMass Dartmouth controlled 20 draws in total with 12 coming in the second half of play.
UMass Dartmouth looks to bounce back on March 3 when it hosts Mass Maritime for a non-conference matchup at 3:00 pm. Johnson & Wales have quick turnaround with its next game coming on Feb. 27 at 10:00 pm on the road against Occidental.