|UMass Dartmouth||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) scored five goals and dished off two assists to lead the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs to an 11-9 Little East Conference women’s lacrosse victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Thursday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win was the second straight for the Corsairs, and improved their record to 7-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Huskies dropped their second straight game to slip to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in LEC games.
Longo had three goals in the first half as the Corsairs methodically built a 5-2 advantage. She had a big insurance goal with 4:05 remaining in regulation to thwart a Southern Maine comeback bid.
Junior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) added two goals and an assist, and senior Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) contributed two goals. Sophomore goalie Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) made seven saves to earn her seventh win of the season.
Sophomore Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) led Southern Maine with three goals. Rookie Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) chipped in with two goals. Sophomore Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) stopped 10 shots.
Jordan gave USM a 1-0 lead with an early goal. Longo sparked a run of four consecutive UMD goals by converting a free-position attempt at 24:21. Goals by junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.), rookie Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass./Tantasqua) and Longo, again converting a free-position attempt, over the next 12 minutes made it 4-1 for the Corsairs.
USM senior Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Longo traded goals 76 seconds apart to make it 5-2 with 7:05 to play in the half, and that is how the half would finish.
Kish and Gibb pushed the Corsairs’ lead to 7-2 in the opening two minutes of the second stanza. After USM sophomore Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) scored, Gibb and Longo found the net to give UMD a 9-3 lead with 23:30 remaining.
The Huskies found their stride on offense scoring five consecutive goals to cut the deficit to one (9-8) with 9:12 left in regulation. Jordan ignited the comeback bid at 23:04. Irish, Jordan and senior Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill) scored in a span of 2:19 to make it 9-7 and force a UMD timeout.
Irish’s individual effort through the UMD defense at 9:12 pulled the Huskies within one, but Kish and Longo tallied unassisted markers to give the Corsairs some breathing room. USM rookie Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine) scored with 1:10 left to account for the final score.
UMass Dartmouth outshot Southern Maine 28-21 and won the ground ball battle 26-21. UMD also held a slim 12-10 edge in draw controls.