Lesley fends off UMD for 2-1 triumph

Photo courtesy of Bill Etzel
Photo courtesy of Bill Etzel

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Lesley University women's soccer team jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first half on Tuesday evening against UMass-Dartmouth and held on for the 2-1 victory.  Both goals were scored by Jodi Fralick (Woburn, Mass.) and assisted by Lani Cabral-Pini (Wilmington, Mass.) as the two captains displayed their on-the-field leadership against a difficult non-conference opponent. 

In the 25th minute, Fralick scored her first goal of the game after Cabral-Pini found her teammate on a long lead pass that Fralick lofted over keeper Tanya Braga's (Hudson, Mass.) head. 

Fralick struck against in the 37th minute on a similar play and the assist was against given to Cabral-Pini.

With her two scores, Fralick brings her season total to 23 which are the most she has ever scored in a single season.  The junior forward scored 22 goals in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons.  Cabral-Pini brought her team leading assist total to eight after tallying two against the Corsairs.

UMD would deny the shutout to Lynx keeper Hailee Lowe (Hamilton, Mass.) after Jessica Swenson (Salem, Mass.) blasted a shot from about ten feet away from the net in the 87th minute.  Kristen Soares (Somerset, Mass.) assisted on the goal.  Lowe would make six saves in the win.

The Corsairs outshot the Lynx 13 to six and took more corner kicks, eight to three. 

After the victory, Lesley improved to 12-1-1 (5-0-0 NECC) while UMD dropped to 3-5-4 (1-1-2 LEC).

The Lynx will be back in action for an away match on Thursday evening against UMass-Boston starting at 3:30 pm.  The Corsairs travel to Keene State for an LEC match up starting at 1 pm. 

To learn more about the Lesley University women's soccer team, please visit their website.

Contact:          Rob Palardy
                        Sports Information Director
                        Lesley University
                        617.349.8627 (office)
                        617.349.8640 (fax)