ECSU Shuts out UMass-Dartmouth to Reach LEC Final

MANSFIELD, Conn. The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team dominated every facet of play in rolling to a 16-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Thursday in the semifinal round of the 2009 Little East Conference playoffs at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

A winner of 23 straight conference games over the last three years, Eastern (9-8) will host second-seeded Keene State College in Saturday's championship match at noon. The Owls eliminated visiting Plymouth State University, 13-7, in Thursday's other semifinal.

The finals appearance will be the fourth straight for Eastern, which split a pair of championship games with Plymouth State before defeating the University of Southern Maine in last year's title tilt. Eastern is the two-time defending champion. Keene is making its second championship game appearance in the eight-year history of the championship. The Owls lost to Plymouth in the 2004 title game.

Eastern junior attack Brooke Wayte (Bellport, NY) scored five goals against UMass Dartmouth (6-11) for the second time this year, adding two assists this time. Senior midfielder Jessica Richards (Somers) added a goal and three assists, won 12 of 15 faceoffs, and captured five draws. She also caused two turnovers. As a team, the Warriors were successful on 12 of 13 clears and won 12 of 18 faceoffs.

With its eighth win in the last ten contests, Eastern climbs over the .500 mark for the first time this year. The Warriors are 7-0 against conference opponents this year, 2-8 outside the conference

The shutout is the third in the 14-year history of the program. In 2002, the Warriors outscored Southern Connecticut State University and Southern Maine 42-0 in posting consecutive shutouts in a span of three days.


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