April 3, 2010
by John Cabral
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team suffered a 19-5 loss to visiting Plymouth State in the 2010 Little East Conference opener for both teams at Cressy Field Saturday.
The Panthers started fast, scoring two goals in the game's first five minutes to grab an early 2-0 lead. Freshman midfielder Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H./Plymouth Regional HS) subsequently doubled the Panther advantage to 4-0, scoring consecutive goals less than a minute apart, with 21:35 and 20:54 remaining, respectively.
Senior midfielder Liz Stapleton (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield HS) got the Corsairs on the board by scoring an unassisted goal with 19:02 the first half to cut the deficit to 4-1. But Panther sophomore Jenn Foley (Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury HS) prevented any Corsair momentum, immediately answering some 20 seconds later with a goal of her own.
Foley and senior midfielder Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass./Veterans Memorial HS) powered the Plymouth offensive attack, scoring five goals apiece.
Plymouth extended its lead to nine goals before the Corsairs scored again. Junior attacker Gillian Carey (Waltham, Mass./Waltham HS/UMass Amherst) converted a free position shot with 2:03 left in the first half to draw the Corsairs to within eight at 10-2. Once again, the Panthers answered exactly 20 seconds later when senior midfielder Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass./Lowell HS) found the net.
Plymouth tacked on another goal before the half and took a 12-2 lead into the intermission. The Corsairs failed to convert on four of their five free position shot opportunities in the first half, which contributed to the large halftime margin.
After an early second half goal by the Panthers, Carey scored her second goal of the game by taking a crossing pass from Stapleton and delivering it to the top right corner of the net to make the score 13-3 with 25:35 left in the game. Carey finished the game with a team-high three goals.
For the second half, junior Liz Miller (Littleton, Mass./Westford Academy/New Hampshire) replaced freshman Angelina Donovan (Medford, Mass./Medford HS) in net for the Corsairs. In her first career start in Little East Conference play, Donovan collected eleven saves. Miller followed with a pair of saves, for a total of 13 by Corsair netminders.
UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings cited the absence of key offensive players as a factor in the defeat. "It couldn't have gone the way we wanted it to, because we had five players out, including the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year and our best freshman scorer," Jennings said. "Even having had them, it would've been a closer game, but today I have to give the nod to Plymouth."
The Panthers were able to dictate the pace of play by moving quickly on both ends of the field. "I think that what they did very, very well was that they played a balanced offense and defense," Jennings said. "When we play moving forward, we're a better team. Once they had us on the run backwards, it was more difficult for us to get up on offense and get our kids opportunities to score."
The Corsairs scored the game's final two goals. Senior midfielder Allison Trearchis (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro HS) scored a late goal with 10:16 remaining, which cut the deficit to 19-4. Carey's third goal was assisted by junior attacker Samantha Wonson (Lowell, Mass./Lowell HS) with 7:56 left in the game.
The Panthers improved to 3-2 and 1-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Corsairs dropped to 2-2 and 0-1 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Salve Regina Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers will visit Eastern Connecticut State next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE