By Kevin Perrington-Turner, Contributing Writer
After a brutal monsoon full of wind and rain, this past Sunday at 3 o’clock was a good day to play lacrosse. The women’s lacrosse team geared upto face Mass Maritime on their home team. Looking for their first win, UMass Dartmouth hands the Buccaneers their first lost in their season opener with a score of 17-6.
Due to weather conditions, the game that was originally suppose tobe played saturday moved to the next day. But that didn’t stop the Corsairs from playing their best game possible for the fans. The game started with a fast start for UMass Dartmouth with an early 4-0 lead thanks to Gabby Giangrande (sophomore) and Erin Kish (senior). The momentum carried over into the second period when the Corsairs took a 17-3 lead. After the huge lead, Mass Maritime could not have seemed to muster up enough to over come the deficit. With attempts to come back in the game it just wasn’t enough. In the second half the Buccaneers attempted to come back and score 3 unanswered goals.
Leading scorers for the Corsairs were Erin Kish, Leah Douty, Sam Muir, and Bridget Harrington. After coming off a loss in their home opener against Johnson and Wales it was inevitable that they would come out with more energy than before. Giving up way less goals and attempting more shots in this game. Doubling shots attempted than Mass Maritime with 30 shots compared to11 from the opposing team. The Corsairs seemed to have beat Mass Maritime in other stats such as turnovers, clears, and draw controls. From the beginning the Corsairs seemed determined and very focused. Notletting upon the scoring and defense stayed on point. These 17 goals were matches for the highest they scored last season when they played against Curry college. This first win canbe a good sign for the program heading forward into the season.
Their next trip will be to Wellesley college to try and become above .500 in their record. Hopefully this win can spark a winning streak that will lead off into a great season. With a number of seniors and upperclassman, it will be interesting to see what this team is fully capable of. Neither games they played were close enough to see what they are fully made of yet. But one thing is for sure, they’re very serious. In hopes that injuries and other distractions don’t get in the way of this team, it seems that this team is starting to click. As we move into spring and the weather gets nicer, we can expect more people to attend these games.