DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth set a new program-record for most wins in a single season as the Corsairs handed the Huskies a 16-15 defeat on Tuesday evening at Cressy Field. In the triumph, freshman Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.) logged a career-high in goals and points – five – to help the team advance to the Little East Conference (LEC) semifinals.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 16, Southern Maine 15
Records: Corsairs 11-6, 4-3 LEC | Huskies 9-8, 2-5 LEC
How it Happened
It was a game of runs from the opening whistle, with each team's offense operating in streaks. After the opening score by Huskie freshman Alex Farley (Buxton, Me.), Corsair senior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) netted a pair on the heels of Smith's marker to take a 3-1 lead. Over the ensuing 14 minutes, the contest would be all Southern Maine as the visitors rattled off an 8-1 scoring run to assume the 9-4 margin.
UMass Dartmouth jumpstarted its climb out of its four-goal hole, as Douty got herself in the scoring column two minutes after the intermission with a needed score. After Smith and Kish each did their part to inch the Blue and Gold closer to narrowing the margin, sophomore Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) knotted the game at 11 apiece. The hosts were not done there, as Douty set up Smith for the go-ahead goal and a 12-11 advantage.
Nadeau would not allow the Corsairs to remain atop for long, netting the equalizer less than two minutes later. Smith continued to remain in the driver's seat, though, as she charged from left to right across the goal on her way to netting her fifth goal of the evening off the feed from Kish at the 10:37 mark. The battle continued to seesaw, as Farley was helped by sophomore Allison Irish (Lyman, Me.) tie things back up at 13, until Douty broke the knot with a 7:05 score via the solo effort. Moments later, Muir provided breathing room with a missile to the bottom left of the net, and then encored her efforts with a successful free position shot to put the squad up by three.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs' previous season-best totals for wins in a season was 10, accomplished in 2001 and 2004.
- Smith set a new career-high for goals and points in a single game with five.
- The Blue and Gold outshot the Huskies, 39-26.
- The ground ball totals were dead even at 21 apiece.
#3 UMass Dartmouth will travel to #1 Plymouth State on Thursday afternoon for the Little East Conference semifinal.