Corsairs Surge Past Buccaneers, 12-4

Corsairs Surge Past Buccaneers, 12-4

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Junior Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) and senior Brooke Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.) combined for seven goals to power UMass Dartmouth to a 12-4 victory over the Massachusetts Maritime Academy this afternoon at Clean Harbors Stadium.  Head Coach Olivia Coakley earned her first collegiate women's lacrosse win in her Corsair debut.

Scahill paced UMass Dartmouth's offensive attack with a game-high six points, on three goals and three assists. Muir recorded a game-high four markers and scooped up eight ground balls. Freshman Hannah Niemi (Fairhaven, Mass.) converted all three of her attempts, while senior Brooke Martel (Haverhill, Mass.) added two goals and a helper.  

Sophomore Casey Sullivan (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) led Mass. Maritime (0-1) with three goals and five ground balls, while senior Erica Overstreet (Bridgewater, Mass.) provided the remaining tally for the hosts. 

Mass. Maritime cracked the scoring column in the fourth minute, but Scahill provided the equalizer nearly four minutes later to forge a 1-1 tie.  The Buccaneers regained the advantage in the 12th minute, but Muir bookended a four-goal run to give the Corsairs a 5-2 advantage heading into the intermission.  

Mass. Maritime seized the early momentum in the second half with a pair of quick strikes 72 seconds apart to whittle the hosts' deficit to 5-4.  However, UMass Dartmouth would not let the Buccaneers get any closer as the Corsairs scored seven unanswered tallies to post the season-opening win.

Senior Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) earned the start in net for the Corsairs and responded with six saves in 30 minutes of action.  Junior Bridget Harrington (Northampton, Mass.) came on in relief and stopped three attempts. Freshman Laura Kleber (Westport, Mass.) reached double digits in saves (10) in her collegiate debut.  

UMass Dartmouth and Mass. Maritime each registered 28 shots.  The Corsairs converted 3-of-9 free position opportunities, while the Buccaneers were held scoreless in seven attempts.  The hosts enjoyed a 10-8 lead in draw controls and each team collected 28 ground balls.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4pm on Tuesday, March 5, when the Corsairs host Wellesley College.