March 15, 2011
WEST PALM BEACH, FL-New England College outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team in the second half, 10-2, and came from behind to defeat the Corsairs, 14-11, in the 2011 season opener for both teams at the 2011 Spring Fling at Lake Lytal Park Tuesday afternoon.
The Pilgrims scored the first five goals of the second half to tie the game at 9-9. After freshman attacker Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) scored to put the Corsairs ahead, 10-9, with 7:49 remaining, Eleni Hatsis, Rebecca Harvey and Chantale Lacroix scored to give NEC the lead for good. Corsano scored again with 2:02 left to cut the Pilgrims' advantage to 12-11, but Sam Aucoin and Diana Lynas scored late goals to put the game away.
New England College took an early 2-1 lead before junior midfielder Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS), sophomore midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam HS) and Corsano scored to give UMD a 4-2 lead. Another 3-0 run with goals by freshman midfielder Katie Brecken (Marlborough, MA/Marlborough HS), senior midfielder Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) and sophomore attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) made it 7-3, and Enos and Basque scored the final two goals of the first half to stake the Corsairs to a 9-4 halftime advantage.
"We dominated the first half, but then Basque went out with an injury and O'Rourke and Enos went out with cards, and the chemistry wasn't there after that," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "Having those three people go out changed the whole complexion of the game, We were playing well in the first half, we won most of the draw controls, and we finished the first half on a run. I was very disappointed with the second half; we just didn't get the job done."
Corsano had three goals and Enos two to lead the Corsairs, while O'Rourke had two assists. Rebecca Harvey led NEC with five goals, and two assists, while Aucoin scored three.
The Pilgrims out shot UMass Dartmouth, 34-28. Sophomore goaltender Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 17 saves for UMD, while Caroline Doherty made 13 for NEC.
The Corsairs dropped to 0-1 with the defeat, while the Pilgrims improved to 1-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will play the loser of the game between Fredonia State and St. Lawrence Thursday for third place. New England College will play the winner for the championship.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE