March 28, 2009
by John Cabral
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team's late push fell short, resulting in an 18-14 defeat at the hands of the Plymouth State Panthers in the 2009 Little East Conference opener for both teams at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon.
The Corsairs outscored the Panthers 6-2 over the game's final 20 minutes, but it was not enough to erase an eight-goal deficit. With the Corsairs trailing by 16-8 midway through the second half, junior attacker Gillian Carey (Waltham, MA/Waltham High/UMass Amherst) swung the momentum with consecutive goals the latter of which cut the deficit to 16-10 with 16:52 to play. The goals were Carey's third and fourth of the afternoon, all of which came in the second half.
The Panthers started the game on a roll, taking leads of 4-1 and 8-3 with 19:16 and 11:21 remaining, respectively. The early effort was bolstered by local Panther junior Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, MA/Tabor Academy), who scored two of the first eight Plymouth goals. Cambal later picked up three assists to go along with the two goals.
Although the Corsairs trailed for the entire game, they were able to stay afloat in the first half thanks to an impressive individual effort from sophomore attacker Rachel Carlucci (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS/SCSU). Carlucci scored three of the first four Corsair goals. Carlucci added her fourth and final goal with 3:21 remaning in the second half.
The game got away from the Corsairs on each end of halftime, with Plymouth State scoring the final two goals of the first half as well as the first two goals of the second half, opening up a 13-6 lead which proved insurmountable. The Panther push was keyed by two goals by Brianna Davis (Framingham, MA/Framingham High). The freshman midfielder turned in a stellar performance, scoring a game high five goals and assisting on two others.
The Corsairs outscored the Panthers 8-7 in the second half after trailing 11-6 at the intermission. Despite the loss, UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings was satisfied with the team's overall performance. "Our team finally showed the level of ability we actually have," Jennings said. "We played well as a team. I was pleased with our effort, and we just ran out of time."
Saturday's game marked the debut of junior Liz Miller (Littleton, MA/Westford Academy/New Hampshire), who started her first game in goal for the Corsairs. "Liz made the step up to playing better and better today," said Jennings. Miller had six saves on the afternoon.
Sophomore attacker Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) had a season high three goals. Carey, Carlucci, and Wonson accounted for 11 of the 14 Corsair tallies. "All the scorers had seasonal bests today," Jennings said.
The Corsairs dropped to 0-5 with the defeat, while the Panthers improved to 1-4 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Worcester State Thursday evening. PSU will host Eastern Connecticut next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE