April 21, 2011
NORTHAMPTON, MA-Meaghan Fileti and Nakhnikian Weintraub broke a 12-12 tie with two late goals to lift host Smith to a 14-13 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team in a non-conference match at the Smith College Athletic Fields Thursday evening.
The late Pioneer goals settled a game that went back and forth for the entire second half. Senior midfielder Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) scored for UMass Dartmouth on a free-position shot with 1:38 left, but the Corsairs could come no closer.
Junior midfielder Allison O'Rouke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) and freshman defender Victoria Wood (New Bedford, MA) each scored twice for UMD in the first half, which ended with the Corsairs ahead at halftime, 6-4.
O'Rourke's goal 1:27 into the second half put UMass Dartmouth ahead, 7-5, but Smith countered with a 4-0 run to take a 9-7 lead with 21:43 remaining. Two O'Rourke goals on free-position shots sandwiched around a goal by Kinchla put UMD up, 10-9, with 16:23 to go, but Becky Bracken scored to tie it for the Pioneers. Kinchla put UMD up with 12;16 left, Liz Mauro scored twice to give the Pioneers the lead, and O'Rourke's goal with 4:29 left tied the game for the final time at 12-12.
O'Rourke led UMass Dartmouth with six goals, and Kinchla had four. Fileti had five goals for Smith, and MK Pasini added four.
"It went back and forth, and they scored at the end, which, unfortunately, has been a pattern for us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "It's been frustrating for us in that regard. We don't seem to be able to close when we have an opportunity to do so. We have to work harder on putting teams away."
The Pioneers outshot the Corsairs, 30-25. Sophomore goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made three saves for UMD, while Meredith Kallfelz and Alina Pechacek combined for six stops for Smith.
The Corsairs dropped to 4-8 with the defeat, while the Pioneers improved to 4-11 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE