April 29, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Smith outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team in the second half, 6-2, and defeated the Corsairs, 13-9, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Thursday evening.
Senior attacker Carolyn Whiting (South Orange, NJ/Columbia HS) and sophomore midfielder Meaghan Fileti (Palos Verdes Estates, CA/Palos Verdes HS) scored the first two goals of the second half to break a 7-7 tie and give the Pioneers the lead for good.
Freshman attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/East Falmouth HS) and senior midfielder Liz Stapleton (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) scored for the Corsairs, but Whiting scored once and freshman midfielder Chelby Wakefield (East Longmeadow, MA/Wilbraham Monson HS) scored twice as Smith scored the final three goals of the game.
The teams battled back and forth in the first half, with UMD getting consecutive goals from senior defender Andrea Russo (Tyngsboro, MA/Tyngsboro HS), junior attacker Gillian Carey (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS/UMass) and junior attacker Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) to take a 7-6 lead with 4:12 remaining in the first half. But Fileti scored on a free position shot with 35 seconds remaining in the first half to tie the score at 7-7 going into the halftime break.
Carey, Russo and Enos scored twice each for the Corsairs. Fileti and sophomore midfielder Phoebe Hopkins (Philadelphia, PA/Friends Select HS) each scored three times for the Pioneers.
"We didn't have all of our players, and we weren't able to substitute, and we let it slip away," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "We fouled too much. We just need to play better. I thought that our scoring seven goals in the first half was a good sign, and we got good play from our goalies."
The Pioneers outshot the Corsairs, 31-26. Freshman Aline Pechacek (Andover, MA/Phillips Academy) made five saves for Smith, while freshman Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) and senior Liz Miller (Littleton, MA/Westford Academy) combined to make 13 stops for UMD.
The Corsairs dropped to 4-8 with the defeat, while the Pioneers improved to 4-13 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State Saturday. The match was the final action of the season for Smith.
"We just learned that Plymouth beat Keene, so that throws the whole thing open again," said Jennings. "Saturday's game is an important game for us. We have to try to recharge and get after it on Saturday."
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE