WORCESTER, Mass. – The Corsairs were able to hang on against Worcester State on the road, claiming a 2-1 victory over the Lancers on a soggy Wednesday evening.
UMass Dartmouth buried the final two goals of the evening, with junior Nicole Starkey-Cox (Warwick, R.I.) notching the game-winner early in the second half to seal the victory. Starkey-Cox footed the pass from Courtney Hewitt (North Attleboro, Mass.), lobbing the ball off the bounce over the head of Lancer keeper Vanessa O'Donnell (Worcester, Mass.).
The Corsair attack got to work early in the contest, placing six of ten shots on the night in the first frame. Scoring for both squads started early, with Worcester State's Alicia Macomber (Stoughton, Mass.) notching the first goal in the fourth minute.
Abby Silva (Fall River, Mass.) was quick to return the favor, however. The sophomore converted on a steal from the Lancer defense less than a minute later, striking a shot from 18 feet deep that curled into the net. The score gave Silva her eighth tally of the year, which tops the Corsair roster.
Sophomore Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) helped to preserve the UMD lead throughout the second half, making both of her stops in the second stanza. O'Donnell finished the night with five saves.
For the game, both squads registered an even 10 shots apiece. Junior Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I.) was a large part of UMD's offensive effort, contributing three shots, while Silva and Starkey-Cox each footed two.
The Corsairs remain in hosting contention for the Little East Conference Championship, and will seal their fate on Saturday, Oct. 31 when they travel to conference leader Eastern Connecticut at 1 p.m. Worcester State will battle against Bridgewater State for MASCAC regular season supremacy, with the winner receiving the regular season title and the top playoff seed.