DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Corsairs slipped to Eastern Connecticut on Saturday as junior Emily Becher netted her first collegiate hat-trick, en route to a 3-0 win for the Warriors to open up Little East Conference play.
Score: Eastern Connecticut 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: Eastern Connecticut (4-1-0, 1-0 LEC), UMass Dartmouth (2-4-0, 0-1 LEC)
How it Happened
Ten minutes from the opening whistle, ECSU junior Maggie Bodington sent a through-ball, splitting the Corsair defense and finding a streaking Becher who snuck the ball past UMass Dartmouth keeper Becca Field (Brentwood, N.H.) to put the Warriors up early.
Five minutes later, Becher struck again. After weaving though the defense, the junior forward buried the ball into the back of the net.
The Corsairs had their share of shots in the second half, outshooting ECSU 10-8 on the half with three-straight chances in the 62nd minute but couldn't manage to get a ball past goalkeeper Kayla Lebrecque.
Becher finished off her hat trick in the 79th minute, when she received a pass from a Warrior midfielder from the defensive side of midfield and dashed past the Corsairs backline, feigning Field for the score.
Inside the Numbers
- Junior Becca Field (Brentwood, N.H.) made three saves in goal for the Corsairs in her first minutes on the season
- Sophomore Kayla Lebrecque collected three saves on the evening to pick up her first collegiate shutout.
- The Corsairs outshot the Warriors 13-12, while Eastern Connecticut had the lone corner kick on the day.
- Seniors Lucy Jenson (Boxborough, Mass.) and Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I.) led the Corsairs with five shots apiece, with D'Ambruoso putting two on goal and Jensen one.
UMass Dartmouth looks to get back in the win column when Smith comes to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the opening whistle set for 7 p.m.