KEENE, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth defense had its hands full going up against the high-octane Keene attack, dropping the Little East Conference (LEC) decision by a score of 19-8 on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
Score: Keene State 19, UMass Dartmouth 8
Records: Owls (7-6, 3-0 LEC) | Corsairs (7-5, 1-2 LEC)
How it Happened
An early score just nineteen seconds into the battle by senior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) got the visitors a 1-0 lead, but the Owls responded nearly as quickly with a marker exactly one minute later on Emily Parker's (Gildford, N.H.) feed to Taylor Farland (Fiskdale, Mass.), who scored her first of a game-high seven on the afternoon. Minutes later, sophomore Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) netted the equalizer to knot the contest at two apiece, but that would be all the offense could assemble for the ensuing eighteen minutes as the hosts burst for an 8-0 run with Farland accounting for half of the scoring. The Corsairs picked up their first pair of consecutive goals in the affair behind the efforts of senior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.), who was set up by DiPillo for her second point of the day, and Muir, who took matters into her own hands for the solo effort.
Senior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) got going in the second half, netting three goals for a hat-trick, and brought the game back within single-digits at the 25:11 mark off of the free position opportunity. Farland continued her tear on offense with a pair of scores in the period, though, to put the game out of reach for the Blue and Gold.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth held the LEC leader in goals scored, Chelsea Lewis (Londonderry, N.H.), to just two scores, but the Owl senior managed to still have an effect on the game with five assists.
- With a seven-goal performance today, Farland propelled herself to fourth in the league in goals scored with 34. Corsair midfielder Douty is tied for second with 37.
- With seven saves today, junior net minder Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) is tied for third in the conference with 104 total saves. Additionally, she sits at third place with a save percentage of 45.0.
- The Corsairs ran into the conference-leader in goals-against average, as Keene State goalie Anna O'Brien (Winchester, Mass.) sits atop with 9.47 scores allowed per game.
- Kish posted her fourth consecutive game with a hat-trick, and is just one goal shy of 100 on her career.
The Blue and Gold look to bounce back in conference play with a 7 p.m. battle against the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen on Tuesday, Apr. 17.