By Staff Writer Zach Lunghi.
The UMass Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team traveled to Mass. Maritime this past Friday to kick-off their season. Junior Sam Muir and company dominated the home team with a final score of 12-4.
Early in the first period, the Buccaneers found the back of the net with a goal from Casey Sullivan but minutes later a tally from UMass Dartmouth senior, Brooke Scahill would tie the game at one a piece.
Sullivan would then notch another point to give Mass. Maritime a 2-1 lead. Following the pair of goals from Sullivan, Muir would then respond for the Corsairs with two scores of her own. Before the end of the first, Scahill would strike again along with senior Brooke Martel, who would join in on the scoring. The first period wrapped up 5-2 in favor of UMass Dartmouth.
Opening up the second period, Sullivan would pick up right where she left off, grabbing a goal at 27:57 to complete the hat-trick. Just over a minute later she was then backed up by fellow teammate Erica Overstreet which would pull the Buccaneers within one.
However, this would be the closest Mass. Maritime would get to tying for the rest of the game as the Corsairs went on a seven unanswered goal run. UMass Dartmouth saw contributions from first year student Hannah Niemi, Martel, Scahill, and Muir. Scahill, Niemi and Muir all completed their own personal hat-tricks in Friday’s game as well. Muir would cap off her day with one more goal to give her a total of four points on the night.
UMass Dartmouth rotated two goalies in their win over the Buccaneers. Senior Kaitlyn Burchill got the start in the first period and put up six saves when facing eight shots. In the second, junior Bridget Harrington saw five shots and saved three. Burchill was accredited with the win, putting her at (1-0-0) for the season.
The Buccaneers found themselves in penalty trouble as they awarded UMass Dartmouth with nine free position shots and committed a total of 32 fouls. As for UMass Dartmouth, they tallied 13 less fouls putting them at 19. Yet the two teams were close on free position shots, as they gave the Buccaneers a total of seven. The Corsairs were able to capitalize on their free shots however, scoring on three out of their nine shots, while the Buccaneers could not get any results going 0-7.
Outside of the score, these two clubs were fairly evenly matched. They split the difference in shots on net and ground balls won. In terms of turnovers, UMass Dartmouth had 24 while Mass Maritime had 21. Even the goalies’ total saves were similar as UMass Dartmouth had only one less block than Mass. Maritime.
UMass Dartmouth’s home opener versus Wellesley College was postponed, so they will instead be playing next against Salve Regina on Thursday March 7, at 7:00 pm. The postponement will keep the Corsairs on the road until March 21 when they host Wentworth.