SALEM, Mass. -- Junior Sam Muir’s (Sturbridge, Mass.) free position conversion with 12:27 remaining proved to be the game-winner and lifted UMass Dartmouth to a 9-7 non-league college women’s lacrosse victory over Salem State Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
The visiting Corsairs (2-3) overcame an early 2-1 deficit by scoring the final five goals of the half (including two by Muir) over a 15:51 stretch to take a 6-2 advantage at the break, but the host Vikings (1-5) stormed back to even matters with four unanswered tallies in the opening 9:47 after intermission on sophomore Tara McLaughlin’s (Woburn, Mass.) tally with 20:13 to play. The two teams traded goals before Muir gave UMass Dartmouth the lead for good, and she added another free position marker less than two minutes later to provide some insurance and help ice the visitors’ triumph.
Muir finished with five goals in the win for the Corsairs, who received a pair of tallies and three assists from senior Brooke Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.). Senior Brooke Martel (Haverhill, Mass.) and freshman Isabella Mancini (Bellingham, Mass.) also scored goals for UMass Dartmouth, which received a helper off the stick of junior Nicole Quinn (Plymouth, Mass.).
McLaughlin netted a pair of goals and an assist for three points in the setback for Salem State, which received a tally from sophomore Taylor Lund (Woburn, Mass.). Junior Isabel Silva (Lowell, Mass.), along with sophomores Kirsten Bradley (Peabody, Mass.) and Shayla Inglis (Lowell, Mass.), added markers for the Vikings, who held a 19-13 edge in total shots and a 15-12 advantage in shots on goal for the contest.
Junior Bridget Harrington (Florence, Mass.) picked up her first win in goal with an eight-save effort for UMass Dartmouth, while sophomore Gianna DeNisco (Peabody, Mass.) made three stops in the setback for Salem State. The Corsairs were 27-of-29 on clear attempts and held a 13-9 edge in ground balls, while the Vikings enjoyed a 10-9 advantage in draw controls for the match.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Regis in a non-league outing on Monday evening at Cressy Field beginning at 7:00 pm, while Salem State hosts Southern Maine in a non-league match on Thursday evening at Alumni Field that begins at 6:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '19)