DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team continued the hot-streak to start the 2017-18 campaign, posting their fourth straight victory on Friday evening as Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.), Kasey Hayes (Medway, Mass.) and Gabby Giangrande (Westbrook, Conn.) tallied hat-tricks to pace the offense, leading the team toward the 15-5 victory against Curry College.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 15 Curry 5
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-1, 0-0 LEC) | Curry (1-2, 0-0 CCC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs picked up the initial marker with 26:06 in the opening half when Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) converted a free-position chance, depositing the goal over the head of the opposing keeper for her 11th marker of the year. After Curry tied it up at one apiece, Hayes regained the advantage for the host when she duplicated her teammate's goal with a leaping-effort to find the top left corner of the target.
UMass Dartmouth increased the lead with three rapid-fire goals, separating on the scoreboard with a 5-1 lead. With 12:23 remaining before the intermission, Giangrande split the defense when she cut across the crease, notching her first marker of the game when she fired across her body. Moments later, Douty honed in on her basketball expertise when she faded off her back foot to record her 15th marker of the season. Giangrande capped the offensive spurt when she finished a feed from Joria Todd (Upton, Mass.), bouncing the ball off of the turf and out of reach for the opposing keeper.
The Blue and Gold controlled the momentum and the scoring opportunities in the second half of play, outscoring the Colonels 10-3 in the final thirty minutes of action. The host set the tone from the opening whistle of the period, as Douty and Hayes converted back-to-back chances for the Corsairs. After Katie Parker (Branford, Conn.) converted the first goal of the half for Curry, UMass Dartmouth went on to put in five unanswered markers with four different players participating in the flurry. With 3:43 remaining in the contest, senior Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) deposited her second of the game, becoming the fifth Corsair to reach the mark in the game, giving the 15-5 final score.
Inside the Numbers
- The four-game winning streak is the longest for the program since stringing together five victories from April 4th-April 16th, 2009.
- UMass Dartmouth has now taken back-to-back contests against Curry, defeating the Colonels 17-6 exactly one year ago. For the all-time series, the Corsairs improved their record to 5-2.
- Giangrande produced her fifth career multi-goal contest, with the three tallies ranking as the second highest total for her during her time with the team.
- DiPillo needed just five games in the season to surpass her goal-total from last season. She is currently two goals from her season-high of 14 which she set as a sophomore.
- Hayes continued her career-year with her second three-goal contest of the year, increasing her season-high total for goals to seven.
- Douty's four-goal performance positioned her into second in the Little East Conference (LEC) for goals scored despite missing the opening game of the year. She has posted four or more goals in each game played in 2017-18.
- Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) picked up her 20th career victory in net and has earned the win in all four games during the streak. During the span, she has registered 38 saves to give her a LEC-leading 50 saves for the season.
UMass Dartmouth has a weekend break before its next contest as the Corsairs will travel to face-off with Bridgewater State Monday at 7 p.m. Curry has a quick turnaround before its next game, hosting Thomas (Me.) tomorrow at 1 p.m.