WELLESLEY, Mass. – In a dramatic back-and-forth non-conference affair, the senior duo of Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) combined for 11 goals to surge the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a come-from-behind overtime victory over Wellesley College, 14-13, on Tuesday afternoon at the Wellesley Fields Complex.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 14, Wellesley 13
Records: UMass Dartmouth 2-1, Wellesley 0-2
How it Happened
Kish found the back of the net five times while Douty succeeded on a career-best six occasions, handing out three helpers as well. The trio of freshman Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.), sophomore Gabby Giangrande (Westbrook, Mass.), and senior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) each scored goals as well to contribute to the Corsair effort. On the defensive end, junior goalie Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) turned away 11 shots to keep the squad within striking distance.
Wellesley junior Lena Engbretson (Beaverton, Ore.) paced the Blue offense with four markers, with classmate Ellie Chalphin (Philadelphia, Pa.) following close behind with three of her own. Third-year goalie Chloe Tucker (San Ramon, Calif.) logged more than 61 minutes in the net, making ten saves.
Junior Dacia Persky (Las Vegas, Nev.) put the exclamation point on the Blue's streak of three unanswered goals, going solo at the 24:18 mark to provide a cushion early on in the contest. The Corsairs fought their way back to tie the game back up, as Smith was the first visitor to score to initiate the offense. Over the course of the ensuing five minutes, each squad went punch-for-punch to battle to a 5-5 tie. UMass Dartmouth then broke down the Blue defense three more times – including a pair of goals in forty-four seconds – as Kish, DiPillo and Douty put the team up, 8-5.
Chalphin brought Wellesley back into the game with a pair of scores to commence the second half, including a free-position shot at the 27:54 mark. The affair remained knotted for no more than ninety seconds, as the visitors answered with yet another 3-0 scoring barrage topped off by Giangrande's free position shot for an 11-8 lead.
Leading 13-11 heading into the final three minutes, Engbretson tallied her third and fourth goals on her own. The junior found a seam in the Corsair defense, launching in the game-tying goal with just nine ticks on the board before the end of regulation. In overtime, UMass Dartmouth needed just over a minute of extra time to travel home with the victory, as Douty received the feed from DiPillo and buried the Blue for a sixth time on the day.
Inside the Numbers
- Douty's six goals eclipse her previous career-high of five, which she has accomplished twice; firstly on April 9, 2016 versus Southern Maine (20-15 win), and then on April 3, 2017 at Salve Regina (14-10 win).
- Kish tied her personal-best goal total, as she twice amassed four goals in a game in her sophomore season – April 9, 2016 against Southern Maine (20-15 win) and April 19, 2016 versus Rhode Island College (22-9 win).
- The Corsairs avenge their loss to the Blue from last season, when Wellesley downed UMass Dartmouth 14-5 on March 7.
- Wellesley was more efficient in its free position opportunities, going 5-for-9 to the Corsairs' 2-for-8 clip.
UMass Dartmouth gets right back into action on Thursday afternoon, as the Corsairs host Salve Regina University at 4 p.m.