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April 11, 2014

UMass Dartmouth Tops Fitchburg State, 15-10

Laferriere leads Falcons scoring with four goals in setback

N. DARTMOUTH, Mass. (April 14, 2014) – Sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) registered six points with five scores, one assist to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team over Fitchburg State University Thursday evening at Cressy Field, 15-10. 

Kane reached the 100 career goal milestone with 26:57 on the scoreboard in the opening frame when she slung a side-arm attempt past the visiting goalie to give the Corsairs a 2-1 advantage. The sophomore attacker proceeded to find the back of the net four more times and hand out a helper in the remaining minutes of the first half.

With a 5-3 lead, Kane had a hand in the ensuing four scoring plays. She wrapped around the net to register her 38th strike of the season.  Under two minutes later, she set up teammate Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) to increase the Corsair's lead to four. Freshman Kelly Kryzak (Jeffersonville, V.T.) found Kane cutting towards the net for the home team's ninth score of the contest. Kane logged her 40th score of the season at 4:17 and notched her final mark of the game when she fired a shot into the back of the net with 34 seconds left until intermission. 

For the UMass Dartmouth, Kryzak recorded two goals to go with three assists, while Corsano added a trio of scores. Freshman Jessica Miles (Lynnfield, Mass.), Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) and Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) each cracked the scoring column for the Corsairs.

Freshman Ali Laferriere (Tyngsboro, Mass.) led the Fitchburg State scoring attack with four goals. Erin Murphy (Warwick, R.I.) and Brianna Dunn (Monson, Mass.) each added a pair of markers, while Kayla Panek (Belcerhtown, Mass.) and Markie Apple (Pittsfield, Mass.) contributed a score, respectively.

Facing a 2-1 deficit in the opening ten minutes, Murphy and Laferriere beat the goalie within 40 seconds of one another to give the Falcon's their only lead of the game. In the proceeding 19:25 minutes of the half, the Corsairs outscored Fitchburg State by seven goals to take a 10-4 lead into the break.

In the second, Murphy brought the visitors within five (12-7) when she was setup by teammate Julia Gimenez (Framingham, Mass.) at the 18:57 mark. UMass Dartmouth answered with three scores by Miles, Corsano and Kryzak to put the game out of reach.

Freshman Leah Wilkinson (Northford, Conn.) turned away nine shots in net to earn her third win of the season, while Elizabeth Darrigo (Billerica, Mass.) stopped four attempts for the Falcons.

Fitchburg State held a big lead in draw controls (19-9) and the Corsairs held the advantage in ground balls (19-9).

UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Tuesday, April 15, when the Corsairs host Little East Conference opponent Eastern Connecticut State at 7 p.m. The Falcons travel to Framingham State on Saturday for a conference matchup. 

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