March 23, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team scored five consecutive goals midway through the first half to erase a 3-1 deficit and went on to defeat visiting Mount Ida, 14-8, in their 2011 home opener at Cressy Field Wednesday afternoon.
Senior midfielder Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) ignited the run when she converted a pass from senior midfielder Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) with 12:40 left in the first half. Wonson scored at 11:59, then fed freshman attacker Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) to put UMD ahead for good. Kinchla and junior midfielder Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) scored to finish the run.
Senior attacker Jen Thompson (Easton, MD/Easton HS) scored for the Mustangs at 6:22. But O'Rourke and sophomore midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam HS) scored to stake UMD to an 8-4 halftime lead.
O'Rourke scored five of the Corsairs' six goals in the second half and finished with seven goals for the afternoon. Corsano added three goals and two assists, while Kinchla scored twice.
Thompson led Mount Ida with four goals, while senior midfielder Danielle Chuba (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional HS) added two.
"I was very pleased with our play today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "Our captains (Wonson and senior midfielder Larissa Basque, Plainville, MA/King Phillip HS) did a terrific job of setting up our offense, our defense played exceptionally well, and hats off to our goalie. We played well in all three parts of the game that we emphasize. We forced some shots and weren't deliberate at times, which we hope to improve in our next game."
The Corsairs outshot the Mustangs, 36-17. Sophomore goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made eight saves for UMD, while freshman Katherine Chouse (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) made 13 stops for Mount Ida.
The Corsairs improved to 1-2 with the victory, while the Mustangs dropped to 2-2 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Fitchburg State Saturday. Mount Ida will visit Emmanuel Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE