DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A trio of Corsair seniors combined for nine goals in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's near comeback against Eastern Connecticut, but the Warriors staved off the Blue and Gold's efforts by snatching the 16-14 decision. Prior to the start of the contest, the women's lacrosse program honored its seven seniors as part of the Senior Day festivities on Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
Score: Eastern Connecticut 16, UMass Dartmouth 14
Records: Corsairs 10-7, 3-4 LEC | Warriors 11-6, 6-1 LEC
How It Happened
A pair of quick Warrior goals to open the league battle would not go unanswered, as the Corsairs quickly put up four of their own through two by seniors Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) and one each from Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and freshman Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.) doubled up on the visitors' tallies. Senior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) would get in on the scoring as well, but the final 11 minutes belonged to Eastern Connecticut as they did the better job of closing out the half on a 5-1 run for a two-goal advantage.
In the second, each offense burst for nine goals in a half where each score was separated by no more than three and a half minutes. Sophomore attack Alyssa Powers (Ellington, Conn.) converted on the free-position shot just 52 seconds into the period, and was encored by an unassisted marker from senior midfielder Allison Wylie (Ellington, Conn.). Eastern Connecticut would go on to assume a 12-6 lead for their largest cushion of the contest courtesy of back-to-back solo scores by junior Michaela Pinto (Groton, Conn.). It was DiPillo once again that would find the net, this time off the feed from Douty, to jumpstart the Corsair effort of chipping away at the deficit. Sophomore Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) achieved her hat-trick in a matter of eight minutes, with two coming by way of the unassisted fashion, to inch the Blue and Gold within the Warriors, 14-12.
Despite the ending looking promising for the hosts, Eastern Connecticut's duo of Pinto and Powers provided the last two insurance markers for the Warriors to stave of Smith's and Douty's late tallies.
Inside the Numbers
- Kish continues to be an offensive powerhouse, notching her eighth straight hat-trick. In the span, the senior attack has produced 32 goals and 36 points in 24 days.
- Muir's hat-trick marks her third three-plus goal game of the season, with the others arriving on Feb. 24 versus Johnson & Wales (RI) and Mar. 8 against Salve Regina.
- With the conclusion of the regular season, DiPillo has clinched a goal in every single game in the 2018 campaign. A competitor in all 16 contests this season, the senior has logged 11 multi-goal outings.
- Pinto finished with a game-high six goals.
- Of Douty's 15 games, she has turned in 12 performances of three or more points.
For the opening round of the Little East Conference playoffs, #4 UMass Dartmouth will host #5 Southern Maine under the lights at Cressy Field on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.