April 27, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-For the fourth time in the last six years, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team will host Southern Maine in a Little East Conference first round playoff match.
The Corsairs, who defeated the Huskies at home in 2004 and 2006 and lost to them at Cressy Field in 2007, will begin 2009 playoff action when they host Southern Maine Tuesday. Game time is 5:00 p.m.
UMass Dartmouth is the fourth seed in the LEC Tournament by virtue of the fourth tie-breaker in the LEC system. UMD finished the regular season with a 5-10 overall record, while USM was 6-9. The Corsairs, who tied Southern Maine and Western Connecticut State in the final conference standings with 2-4 records, finished in a two-way tie with USM in goals allowed in games between the tied teams, then earned the nod over the Huskies based on their 12-8 regular season victory at Cressy Field April 11th. In that game, UMass Dartmouth held a 7-5 halftime advantage and saw Southern Maine tie the score by scoring the first two goals in the second half. UMD outscored Southern Maine, 5-1, in the final 20 minutes, getting three goals and an assist from freshman midfielder Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS).
"Southern Maine is a very good, disciplined team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "They have a couple of the most proficient scorers in the league, and they just came off a really tight game with Keene, where they led until the end. They represent a distinct challenge for us, and we are rested, ready to go, and focused on playing a tough game against Southern Maine."
The winner of Tuesday's contest will play a semi-final game at Eastern Connecticut State Thursday. The finals are set for Saturday at the highest remaining seed.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE