Little East Conference Tournament - First Round Game
UMass Dartmouth Surges Past Southern Maine 16-15
DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs used a 9-2 surge in the second half to erase a four-goal deficit, then held off a frantic comeback bid by the fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies to post a 16-15 victory in a first-round game of the Little East Conference Championship Tournament at Cressy Field Tuesday night.
With the win, the Corsairs, now 11-6, move on to the semifinal round against top-seeded and regular-season champion Plymouth State University on Thursday. The Huskies conclude their season at 9-8.
Ahead 10-7 at halftime, the Huskies opened the second half by increasing their lead to four on a goal from sophomore Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine) at 28:43. From that point, the Corsairs scored five consecutive goals to erase the Huskies' lead and assume a 12-11 lead. Freshman Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.) had two goals in the run.
Nadeau tied the game at 20:40 converting a free-position attempt. Over the next 10 minutes, neither team was able to find the net until Smith scored at the 10:37 mark. Rookie Alex Farley (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) equalized for the Huskies at 9:00.
Senior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) snapped the tie at 7:05, and sophomore Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass./Tantasqua) followed with a pair of goals to open a 16-13 advantage for the Corsairs.
A quick goal from Nadeau closed the gap to two, and junior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) scored in the final minute to give the Huskies a chance at forcing the game into overtime, but the Corsairs were able to run out the clock after a Huskies turnover.
Nadeau led USM with a career-best seven points on six goals and one assist. Farley added four goals and one assist, and Jordan had three goals and one assist. Sophomore Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) chipped in with two goals and two assists. Junior goalie Hala van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) made 12 saves.
Smith paced the Corsairs with a career-high five goals, and Muir had three, all in the second half. Senior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) also had three goals. Senior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) had five points on two goals and three assists, and Douty contributed two goals and two assists. Junior goalie Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) earned the win making eight saves.
UMass Dartmouth completed a 39-30 advantage in shots, including a 20-12 edge in the second half. UMD had a slim 23-22 in ground balls and a 19-14 margin in draw controls. Douty and USM junior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) shared game-high honors with seven draw controls apiece. Jordan led all players with five ground balls.