May 1, 2008
WILLIMANTIC, CT- Host Eastern Connecticut State scored 10 consecutive goals in the first half, built a 13-2 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team, 20-3, in a Little East Conference semi-final playoff game at the Mansfield Athletic Complex Thursday afternoon.
Senior attacker Susie Nearhoof (Frederick, MD/Governor Thomas Johnson HS/Frederick CC) scored for the Corsairs at 26:04 of the first half to cut an early 2-0 Warrior lead in half, but ECSU scored the next 10 goals and led, 12-1, with 9:35 remaining in the first half.
Nearhoof scored at 7:28 to break the streak, and then scored with 11:38 remaining. Lily Anderson paced Eastern Connecticut with four goals, while Brooke Wayte and Ashley Del Vecchio had three each. Anderson and Wayte each had an assist for Warriors, and Megan Gloster contributed three. Nearhoof had all three goals for the Corsairs.
"They were too big and they played very well and they just jumped right out on us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "We weren't able to get anything going. They're a very good team, they're very tough to beat at home and they just got on a roll and we couldn't catch them."
ECSU out shot the Corsairs, 36-8. Senior goalkeeper Erin Doherty (West Newbury, MA/Pentucket HS) made seven saves for the Corsairs, while Joslin Wells made three saves for the Warriors.
The Corsairs dropped to 9-5 with the defeat, while the Warriors improved to 9-6 with the victory. Eastern Connecticut State will host Southern Maine Saturday for the LEC Championship. The match was the final action of the season for UMass Dartmouth.