Western opens Little East Conference slate with 18-5 win at UMass Dartmouth

from the desk of Dave Geringer - UMass Dartmouth SID

Box Score

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA (Mar. 31) - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team fell to visiting Western Connecticut State, 18-5, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.

Western Connecticut took an early 2-0 lead with goals from junior midfielder Emily Brooks (Kingston, NY/Kingston HS) and senior attacker Brianna Mitterando (Mastic Beach, NY/William Floyd HS) in the opening four minutes of play. The Corsairs cut the deficit in half with a goal from junior attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) at the 25-minute mark of the first half. Trailing 3-1, sophomore defender Kathleen Landers (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) delivered a long pass behind the Colonials defense to an open Enos, who beat WCSU sophomore goalie Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, NY/North Shore HS) one-on-one, making it 3-2 with 21:01 to play in the first half. Western Connecticut pulled away from the Corsairs with five consecutive goals in a 10-minute span, powered by two goals from Mitterando, boosting their lead to 8-3. UMD added goals from freshman attacker Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) in the final minutes of the first half, cutting the WCSU lead to 9-4 going into halftime.

The Colonials continued their offensive surge in the second half. WCSU junior attacker Lindsay Gorman (Killingworth, CT/Haddam-Killingworth HS) scored less than 30 seconds into the second half, the first of nine Western Connecticut goals in the half. Colonials' junior attacker Devon Edwards (Islip, NY/Islip HS) had four goals in the final half. Friedland netted the final tally for the Corsairs at the 1:08 mark of the period, en route to the 18-5 loss for UMD.

The Colonials outshot UMD, 33-23. Junior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 14 saves for the Corsairs, while Portnoy made 14 stops for WCSU.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-5 and 0-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while WCSU improved to 5-3 and 1-0 in the LEC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salem State Thursday. The Colonials will host Framingham State Wednesday.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)

Western Connecticut (5-3, 1-0 LEC) vs. UMass Dartmouth (3-5, 0-1 LEC)
Date: Mar 31, 2012 Location: North Dartmouth, MA Stadium: Cressy Field
Attendance:100 Start time:4:00 pm End time:5:35 pm Total time:1:35

SCORE BY PERIOD..... 1 2 Tot
Western Connecticut. 9 9 - 18
UMass Dartmouth..... 4 1 - 5

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Devon Edwards 5; Brianna Mitterando 4; Lindsay Gorman 3; Nicole Perrone 2; Emily Brooks 2; Jessica Bouwman 1; Kirsten Hudock 1.
ASSISTS: Devon Edwards 4; Hyla Costello 3; Nicole Perrone 2; Kaitlyn Arconti 1; Jessica Bouwman 1; Nathaly Reist 1.

UMass Dartmouth SCORING: GOALS: Shelby Friedland 2; Brittney Enos 2; Taylor Corsano 1.
ASSISTS: Denise Gates 3; Kathleen Landers 1.

Western Connecticut GROUND BALLS: Samantha Blackwell 3; Jessica Bouwman 3; Devon Edwards 3; Kaitlyn Arconti 2; Emily Brooks 2; Hyla Costello 2; Brittany Mikelic 2; Marisa Vitti 2.

UMass Dartmouth GROUND BALLS: Taylor Corsano 3; Selina Houghton 3; Sarah Kalmes 3; Kathleen Landers 3; Casey Otovic 3; Brittney Enos 1; Shelby Friedland 1; Denise Gates 1; Victoria Wood 1.

Western Connecticut TURNOVERS CAUSED: Kaitlyn Arconti 1; Hyla Costello 1; Kirsten Hudock 1; Amanda Simon 1.
UMass Dartmouth TURNOVERS CAUSED: Angelina Donovan 1; Selina Houghton 1; Victoria Wood 1.

SHOTS - Western Connecticut 33; UMass Dartmouth 23.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Western Connecticut 32; UMass Dartmouth 19.

Penalties - Western Connecticut 1/2:00; UMass Dartmouth 1/2:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Western Connecticut 0-1; UMass Dartmouth 0-1.

TURNOVERS - Western Connecticut 8; UMass Dartmouth 12.

GOALIES - WCSUWL: Karli Portnoy 5-3 (60:00 minutes, 19 shots-14 saves,
5 GA); UMDWL: Angelina Donovan 3-5 (60:00, 32-14, 18).

Start time: 4:00 pm Finish time: 5:35 pm Length of game: 1:35
Officials: Patrice Chiudioni; Sarah Benjamin; Jane Vigeant.

A-100 T-1:35