By Staff Writer Zach Lunghi.
The UMass Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team dropped two gametime decisions to both the Eastern Connecticut Warriors on Saturday and the Worcester State Lancers on Tuesday, losing to the Warriors by a score of 17-6 and then almost matching it with a similar loss of 17-4 against the Lancers.
The losses dropped their overall record to 4-7 on the season and the Little East game against the Warriors puts them at 0-3 for their conference. Not to mention, their struggles at home continue to loom over Cressy Field as they bare a 1-7 record with their only home victory coming against Simmons College at the beginning of April.
Despite their improved performances in the second halves of both tilts, the Corsairs could not absolve the first half deficits, giving up 12 points in each. The team also has had trouble finding the back of the net as of recently. Their combined total of goals from April 3rd to April 6th would only put them a point higher over Eastern Connecticut or Worcester State.
During Saturday’s game, Eastern Connecticut jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead in the first 15 minutes of play. The Corsairs were able to respond with a couple of goals of their own but it wasn’t enough to stop the bleeding. Dartmouth would trail 12-3 at the half. The Corsairs would also see a net-minding change when they resumed play. Kaitlyn Burchill got the start but was relieved by Bridget Harrington to take over.
Harrington stepped in and stopped 5 out of 10 shots faced but Dartmouth was still unable to get the ball rolling offensively, only notching two goals in the second half. Sam Muir and Isabella Mancini would net 2 goals each for the Corsairs, they were then followed up by Brooke Martel who grabbed one point. However, their contributions would not be enough to surpass the Warriors. UMass Dartmouth would then fall to the Worcester State Lancers in the ensuing game.
The Lancers have been rolling this season with a record of 7-2 and the Corsairs didn’t have an answer to their offense. Similar to their previous game, the Corsairs found themselves in a hole at the end of the first half, chasing the Lancers by a score of 12-4. Carriannee Fortier, Martel and Muir all were able to find the back of the net but the Lancers still dominated the first half, including a 7-0 run to start the game.
In the second Dartmouth tightened up on defense and only allowed 5 goals but this came at the cost of offense; they remained scoreless in the second. The Corsairs travel to Plymouth State on Saturday and host Rhode Island College Wednesday.