PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The 2012 UMass Dartmouth Corsairs field hockey team finished their season as one of the best teams in program history. The Corsairs posted a 17-6 record, tied for the most wins and won the program’s third Little East Conference championship and a berth into the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Under head coach Nicole (Castonguay) Maher, the Corsairs won three Little East Conference championships along with three NCAA Regional Tournament appearances and posted a 121-71 career record. Maher was named the 2012 LEC Coach of the Year by her peers in recognition of the record year.
The 2012 squad defeated a dominate Keene State program and the 2011 LEC defending champions 1-0 on November 4, 2012 on a penalty corner goal by junior defender Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, R.I.). Dolce was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
The champion Corsairs received postseason recognition as senior defender Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA) won the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Cory Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) was awarded the LEC Rookie of the Year. Connolly lead the Corsairs with 12 goals and placed second with 30 points.
The Corsairs finished 11-0 in the Little East Conference, including a 10-1 home record, scored 67 goals (2.9 goals per game) in their 23 games played with allowing a 1.38 goals against average. Senior forward Erica Allan (Amherst, Mass.) led all Corsairs with 33 points from 10 goals and 13 assists and junior goalkeeper Lauren O’Brien (Rochester, Mass.) protected the cage for all 23 games with 1620:40 during the record setting season.
The historic competitive success the LEC has achieved throughout the 30 years, beginning as a basketball only conference in 1986 and expanding into today’s 19-Championship Sport Conference, will continue to make academic and athletic strides as the LEC continues to be the premier Division III conference of the New England region.
The Little East Conference was formed in 1986 when six public institutions gathered to create a single sport athletic conference and has expanded into what is now New England’s premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. The LEC features 19 Championship Sports and sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes while following the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship.