DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Seven scores in the second half nearly lifted UMass Dartmouth (2-4) out of a five-goal deficit, but Regis College (5-1) held off the Corsair effort to notch the 12-11 non-league victory at Cressy Field on Monday evening.
How it Happened
- The Pride tallied the first score of the contest via a Taylor Assarian (Arlington, Mass.) setup for junior Kerri Anselmo (Natick, Mass.) after three minutes of play (1-0), before UMass Dartmouth senior Brooke Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.) evened the match a moment later (1-1). Vistiting senior Emily Kosak (Milton, Mass.), Anselmo, and junior Brooke Ross (Hanover, Mass.) then added four more in as many minutes (5-1).
- Corsair junior Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) then cashed in on a free position opportunity, slinging her shot into the back of the net to narrow the deficit (5-2). Regis senior Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) then benefitted on a breakaway alongside classmate Taylor Assarian (Arlington, Mass.) to regain lead of four (6-2). UMass Dartmouth cut it back to three on another Muir marker, this time getting set up by Scahill (6-3) with 12:01 to go.
- Ross struck again six minutes later on a solo effort, stretching the lead back to four (7-3), but had her effort matched by Corsair senior Brooke Martel (Haverhill, Mass.) shortly after (7-4). The back-and-forth scoring pattern continued through the final minutes of the first as sophomore Rachel Nadeau (Coventry, Conn.) connected with the net (8-4).
- The two sides went score-for-score through the opening eight minutes following the intermission (11-6). With just under 10 minutes elapsed in the half, Corsair sophomore Emma Delacy (New Bedford, Mass.) and freshman Isabella Mancini (Bellingham, Mass.) inserted themselves into the point column (11-7). The Blue and Gold cut the difference back to three for the first time since early in the contest on Scahill's free position success at the 17:08 mark (11-8). Muir kept the Corsairs right in it with another free position score to slim the margin to a pair (11-9).
- The contest became a one-goal game 21 seconds later, as freshman Hannah Niemi (Fairhaven, Mass.) took the lob from Scahill and finished over goalie Brittany McPherson's (Lynn, Mass) right shoulder to push the Blue and Gold run to four tallies. Kelly stopped the bleeding with 2:03 remaining, scoring off of an Anselmo assist to restore a multi-goal lead (12-10). The Corsair Brooke duo of Scahill and Martel brought it back to within one out of a UMass Dartmouth timeout (12-11). The Pride defense held up in the final minutes, staving off the Corsair comeback.
Inside the Numbers
- Anselmo clinched her hat trick at the 19:30 mark of the first half.
- Scahill finished with three goals and three assists for six points. Muir trailed close behind with five, connecting for four goals and a helper.
- McPherson made nine saves in goal, while her counterpart Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) registered 12.
- UMass Dartmouth grabbed 19 off of draw controls.
Head Coach Olivia Coakley's squad heads to Fitchburg State on Wednesday, taking on the Falcons at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, the Pride returns home to tangle with Lasell.
(Recap by: Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)