April 24, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team fell behind early and could not recover, losing 17-8 to visiting Keene State in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
The Owls scored six goals in the game's first ten minutes and took an 11-0 lead into the halftime intermission. Keene's dominant advantage came on the strength of a four-headed offensive attack. Junior midfielder Jamie Albert (Southington, Conn./Southington HS), sophomore midfielder Caitlyn Corace (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac HS), and junior attackers Jill Kirk (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue HS) and Lauren Sawyer (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook HS) all tallied two goals and two assists apiece in the opening thirty minutes. Both Albert and Kirk scored a single goal in the second half, to tie each other with a game-high three goals.
Although the game was already out of reach, the Corsairs rebounded nicely in the second half, outscoring Keene State by an 8-6 margin. Freshman midfielder Heather Masse (Billerica, Mass./Shawsheen HS) got the Corsairs on the board by scoring an unassisted goal with 27:04 remaining. After Kirk's third goal restored Keene's eleven goal lead, Corsair junior midfielder Larissa Basque (Plainville, Mass./King Phillip HS) answered with an unassisted marker to bring UMass Dartmouth to within 11-2 with 22:18 to play.
Following a pair of Keene goals, UMass Dartmouth went on its best run of the game, scoring four consecutive goals over a span of only four and a half minutes. During the run, senior midfielders Liz Stapleton (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield HS) and Allison Trearchis (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro HS) each found the back of the net, while junior attacker Gillian Carey (Waltham, Mass./Waltham HS/UMass Amherst) scored twice. Carey's second goal cut the Corsair deficit to its lowest second half margin at 14-6 with 11:03 left in the game.
UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings was pleased with how his team bounced back after a rough first half. "As usual, our kids won't quit," Jennings said. "We won the second half. We just settled down and we realized that we could play at a level that was not equal to them, perhaps, but was more competitive than we have been with them. That's more goals than we've scored on them in six or seven years."
Keene rebounded from the 4-0 UMass Dartmouth run to score three straight goals to expand the Owl lead to 17-6. The Corsairs then scored the final two goals of the game. Freshman attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, Mass./East Falmouth HS) took a feed from sophomore defender Casey Otovic (Wilmington, Mass./Bishop Fenwick HS) and scored with 2:53 to play. Trearchis rounded out the scoring with her second marker of the game in the final minute. Trearchis and Carey shared the Corsair high scoring mark with two goals each.
In net, senior Liz Miller (Littleton, Mass./Westford Academy/New Hampshire) grabbed four saves in the first half before yielding at halftime. In the second half, freshman net minder Angelina Donovan (Medford, Mass./Medford HS) followed with four saves of her own while holding Keene to six goals over the final 30 minutes.
"I'm very proud of our kids," Jennings said. "They dominated play on offense in the second half, and our freshman goalie did a good job. In the first half, they were Keene. In the second half, I think they made the mistake of slacking a little bit, and we took advantage of it. I'm pleased, and I'm ready to go against Southern Maine tomorrow."
The Corsairs fell to 4-5 and 1-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Owls improved to 11-3 and 4-0 in victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Southern Maine Sunday. Keene State will visit Plymouth State Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE