HOLDERNESS, N.H. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior attack Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) matched her career-high of seven goals to contribute to a bulk of the visiting offense, but the Corsairs ultimately fell to the top-seeded Plymouth State Panthers on Thursday afternoon at The Holderness School.
Score: #1 Plymouth State 15, #4 UMass Dartmouth 12
Records: Corsairs 11-7, 3-3 LEC | Panthers 13-3, 6-0
How it Happened
Plymouth senior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) needed just a hair over two minutes into the affair to open the scoring, as she marched up the gut and fired a bullet to the lower left corner of the net. Classmate Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) crept in from behind the net for another marker to add her share to the offense.
After the Panthers would tally three more unanswered scores, seniors Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) and Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) tag-teamed to retaliate for the first Blue and Gold goal of the afternoon. Just ticks later, Kish controlled the ensuing faceoff and sprinted up field, spinning and twirling through heavy traffic in front of the net before finishing to the right side for a 5-2 score. Sullivan would add another to re-extend the margin back to four before UMass Dartmouth went on a scoring run of its own, as Douty would score or assist on each of the following quartet of tallies. The Framingham, Mass. product hit her moving target in Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) along the left side of the circle, leaving it to the sophomore to tie things up at six. Plymouth would be the one to rebound and properly close out the half, though, as the co-captains in Tingley and Sullivan beat Corsair goalie Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) just inside the final ten seconds to afford the hosts a two-goal advantage before the break.
Down 13-6 at the 23:31 mark of the second half, the Corsairs refused let their season end without a fight. Kish shouldered the load for the visiting offense, rattling off four straight goals. Her seventh of the tilt narrowed the deficit to three, the closest the team had been since moments after the intermission. Panther junior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) stopped the bleeding with just under 11 minutes remaining, drilling her 21st goal of the year. This time looking up to the Panthers with the scoreboard reading 15-10, Douty snuck a shot in just inside the post with 1:25 remaining, 30 seconds ahead of classmate Raquel Riley's (Wakefield, Mass.) goal. With the shot clock turned off, however, the hosts were able to milk the clock until there were zeroes to advance to the conference championship.
Inside the Numbers
- In the first half, the Corsairs did not commit a foul to the Panthers' 12.
- Sullivan was up to her the task of matching her counterpart, as the Panther attack also posted seven goals. The senior finished with a game-high eight points.
- Entering today, Douty led the team in scoring with 53 goals. By the final horn, Kish surpassed her classmate and ended the season with 56 total tallies to Douty's 55. The Littleton native stands tied for the conference lead in most goals scored alongside Tuesday's opponent Aliza Jordan of Southern Maine.
- Kish's career-high of seven markers originally occurred in the squad's first LEC win of the regular season over the Huslies as part of a 17-8 triumph on Apr. 7.
- UMass Dartmouth concludes its 2018 season scoring an even 14 goals per game on a 40.3 shot percentage.
- Burchill wraps up her third season between the posts for the Corsairs, finishing with a career-best 11 wins this season. She had been victorious on eight occasions in each of her first two years.