DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior goalie Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) made a career-high 20 saves in goal for the Corsairs as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's scintillating offense stayed hot for a 17-11 victory over Salve Regina on Thursday afternoon at Cressy Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 17, Salve Regina 11
Records: UMass Dartmouth 3-1, Salve Regina 0-3
How it Happened
Seahawk sophomores Maddie Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Stephanie Salisbury (Cranston, R.I.) each turned in hat-trick performances, combining to convert on 60% of their shots on goal. Upperclassmen Olivia Slysz (South Hadley, Mass.) and Katie Kline (Brookfield, Conn.) also contributed to the visitors' scoring, netting two apiece.
Four Corsairs found the net three or more times on the afternoon, as senior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.) teamed up for eight markers, while sophomore Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) and senior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) picked up three each. Burchill posted a season-best save percentage of 64.5.
Less than two minutes after the opening whistle, Salve Regina jumped out to a two-goal lead with their scoring separated just four seconds apart. After a Douty score brought the deficit back down to one, Salve scored another pair through the unassisted efforts of junior Lindsey Smith (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Villareal, to extend the visiting lead to 4-1.
UMass Dartmouth then went on to score four unanswered, with sophomore Gabby Giangrande (Westbrook, Conn.) getting the run started off of a free-position shot. Douty then added three more points to her stat line as she scored or assisted on the ensuing trio of Corsair goals.
Early in the second half, Kline converted on a free position shot of her own to bring the Seahawks within striking distance, down just 9-7. She then fed Salisbury fifteen seconds later for an open shot, as the sophomore sent in a shot to bring the squad within one. Salve Regina then ran into offensive struggles over the following 25 minutes of the contest, while UMass Dartmouth went on a scoring barrage as they erupted for eight straight goals to comfortably put themselves up 17-8 with 4:39 to go.
The Seahawks were able to piece together three more goals before the final horn, but it proved to be too little, too late for the visitors as the hosts completed the 17-11 victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Each team came out firing shots in the opening period, with the squads posting 20 attempts each.
- The hosts committed a season-low 15 turnovers in the victory.
- UMass Dartmouth forced the Seahawks into committing 11 turnovers in the second half.
- The two squads drew even on draw controls, seizing 15 apiece.
- The Corsairs put on a season-high 34 shots on goal, and took 41 shots overall.
The Blue and Gold will rest up during spring break, resuming action on Thursday, March 22 when they host Curry College at 4 p.m.