DANBURY, Conn. – The Colonials blasted eight unanswered goals in the final 14 minutes of the conference clash, but the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's strong first period provided enough of a margin to pull out the 16-13 road victory on Tuesday evening.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 16, Western Connecticut 13
Records: Corsairs (10-5, 3-2 LEC) | Colonials (3-12, 0-5 LEC)
How it Happened
Senior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) went for a game-high six markers to pilot the Corsair offense, scoring her first just 30 seconds after the opening draw control via a free position shot. She brought her first-half performance full circle with what ended up being her final score of the contest, converting on a free position shot once again with just 10 ticks remaining before the intermission. Sophomore Gabby Giangrande (Westbrook, Conn.) found the net on a pair of occasions in each half, receiving a helper from freshman Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.) and classmate Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.). DiPillo then clinched her hat trick on a free position shot with 18:05 to go, resulting what would be the Corsairs' final score of the evening. Down by a score of 16-5 and the running clock in effect, the Colonial offense began to build momentum on the shoulders of Alyssa Carpentieri and Caroline Galligan, who each scored a pair of goals in under three minutes. Western Connecticut would add five more to take away the Blue and Gold's breathing room, making it a 16-13 affair, but the clock read zeroes before the hosts could complete the potential comeback.
Inside the Numbers
- With a six-goal outing tonight, Kish nabbed her seventh-straight hat trick.
- Giangrande achieved her fourth multi-goal performance with four on the evening.
- After tallying two goals and an assist tonight, UMass Dartmouth senior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) has picked up at least three points in 11 of her 14 games played this season. The squad is 10-1 under those circumstances.
- DiPillo has remained a consistent threat on the field for the Corsairs as well, collecting multiple points in all but one battle this year.
The Corsairs host LEC opponent Eastern Connecticut on Saturday for the final contest of the regular season. Prior to the start of the match, UMass Dartmouth will celebrate its seniors as part of Senior Day.