DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Junior Hannah Steen’s (Fall River, Mass.) goal with 5:05 remaining lifted UMass Dartmouth to a 4-3 Little East Conference field hockey victory over Plymouth State Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
The host Corsairs (4-6, 2-3 LEC) grabbed a 1-0 lead 4:59 into the contest when junior Brittany Perry (North Dighton, Mass.) converted a feed from sophomore Lydia Stormwind (Littleton, Mass.) from the left side of the cage, but the visiting Panthers (5-5, 3-3 LEC) evened matters just under four minutes later after sophomore Mariah Luscher (Holderness, N.H.) tapped in a shot off the post on a pass from senior Kylie Ham (Wayland, Mass.). UMass Dartmouth regained its edge with 1:25 remaining in the opening quarter when junior Mikella DaSilva (Fall River, Mass.) took a crossing pass from Perry from in front, and that margin held up through a scoreless second stanza.
Plymouth State forged the second tie of the day midway through the third quarter after Ham scored on a penalty corner feed from senior Kaihley Rafferty (Salem, Conn.), but the hosts took a 3-2 lead two minutes later when sophomore Kylie Dias (Fall River, Mass.) deflected a pass from fellow sophomore Samantha Bittenbender (Belvidere, N.J.). The visitors knotted the score for the final time just 1:45 later on sophomore Natalie Perry’s (Conway, N.H.) tally that was set up in front by junior Haley Wakefield (Norway, Maine), and the Panthers had a chance to take the lead in the closing 1:48 of the frame but were denied when Ham’s penalty stroke was stopped by Corsair junior netminder Katelyn Banalewicz (Fall River, Mass.). Steen then provided the fourth quarter heroics for UMass Dartmouth, as she scored from 10 yards out off a penalty corner to account for the final margin.
Banalewicz made 10 saves to pick up her fourth win of the season in goal for the Corsairs, while junior Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) made four stops in the setback for Plymouth State. The Panthers outshot UMass Dartmouth by a 19-8 margin overall (13-8 on goal) and held a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners for the contest.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Danbury, Conn. on Wednesday evening for a Little East Conference clash with Western Connecticut beginning at 6:00 pm, while Plymouth State heads to Castleton, Vt. on Wednesday evening for a Little East match with Castleton that begins at 7:00 pm.