DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) submitted a sensational performance to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 17-8 win over Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 17, Southern Maine 8
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-3, 1-1 LEC) | Southern Maine (5-4, 0-2 LEC)
How it Happened
Alongside Kish's offensive eruptions was fellow midfielder Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.), who finished with six points for the second straight contest – this time on four goals and two assists. Junior net minder Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) picked up her seventh win in between the posts for the squad, making ten saves in just a hair over 48 minutes. Sophomore goalie Bridget Harrington (Northampton, Mass.) also saw action on the afternoon, logging just under 12 minutes while making a save for the team.
Kish achieved her hat-trick just a quarter of the way through the game, scoring her third at the 15:10 mark off the feed from freshman Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.) to make it a 4-2 game in favor of the hosts. The score was the second of four unanswered by UMass Dartmouth in a six minute span, with Kish and DiPillo netting a pair each during the time window. Corsair senior Kasey Hayes (Medway, Mass.) joined her classmates in the scoring column with a marker just 43 seconds ahead of the halftime buzzer.
Southern Maine broke the second-half ice with a goal at the 24:46 mark as junior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Me.) set up a shot for sophomore Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Me.), but the Corsairs stormed back with an 8-0 run over the ensuing 15 minutes as they dominated possession. The high-volume scoring sat the Blue and Gold in a comfortable position leading 17-5, with goal scoring contributions coming from sophomore Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.), junior Angela Correia (Bridgewater, Mass.), and seniors Annie Lynch (Holden, Mass.) and Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.). Southern Maine assembled a trio of scoring before the final horn, but UMass Dartmouth's margin was wide enough to cruise to its first league win.
Inside the Numbers:
· DiPillo has proven a goal-scoring machine over the past four contests, as she has found the back of the net 15 times since Mar. 29.
· Kish's seven markers bests her previous personal-best of five which occurred on Mar. 6 at Wellesley (14-13 overtime win). Furthermore, her eight points today set a career-high as well.
· Douty picked up a game-high eight ground balls and has scored a goal in each of her nine games thus far this season.
· After finishing with an overall record of 8-9 last season, the Corsairs are one victory away from matching the 2017 win total (six games remaining).
· Currently at 147 total goals on the year, this season's squad is rapidly approaching its goal total from last season (177).
· UMass Dartmouth events its all-time series record against the Southern Maine, 11-11.
The Corsairs will travel to Worcester State on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 7 p.m. for a non-conference clash with the Lancers.