These are samples of press releases I wrote while working in the Sports Information Office at UMass Dartmouth. These releases frequently ran on CorsairAthletics.com, and were occasionally picked up by other outlets, including opponent university websites, local newspapers, and conference websites.
FOOTBALL FALLS TO WESTERN NEW ENGLAND
October 11, 2009
“NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s football team finally got back on the scoreboard, but it was far too late. Visiting Western New England turned early Corsair miscues into fast points and sailed to a 31-9 victory in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game at Cressy Field Saturday night.
The Golden Bears forcefully wrested immediate control of the contest on UMass Dartmouth’s first possession. On a third-and-ten, sophomore outside linebacker Todd Krolikowski (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern HS) strip sacked Corsair freshman quarterback Brendan McNeish (Springfield, Mass./Bridgton Academy), causing a fumble promptly recovered by sophomore defensive end Scott Wojciechowski (Adams, Mass./Hoosac Valley HS) and returned 14 yards for the game’s opening score.”
WILDCATS TAKE HAMPTON INN CLASSIC
Nov. 22, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – In a Hampton Inn Classic full of surprises, a third year program pulled the biggest surprise of all. The Wheelock Wildcats hoisted the men’s basketball tournament championship trophy following a 68-63 victory over the University of New England Nor’easters at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.
“Being a third year program, we’re shocked we even got to the finals,” said Wheelock Head Coach John Preziosa. “We feel like it’s a big confidence boost for us. We also feel like it’s going to get some attention for our recruiting. It’s a big step toward becoming a serious Division Three program. We’re very excited about winning the tournament.”
Wildcat senior forward Sherard Robbins (Malden, Mass./Malden HS) earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award, while teammate sophomore guard Max Kaim (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cypress Bay HS) was named to the all-tournament team. The Nor’easters also had two players receive individual honors, as sophomore guard Victor Oruonyehu (Austin, Texas/Crockett HS) and sophomore forward Quentin Thompson (Austin, Texas/William B. Travis HS) were named to the all-tournament team.
WOMEN’S SOCCER BLANKS RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE, 2-0
Sept. 19, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – After briefly losing her starting position this week, junior forward Cristal Peixoto (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) had something to prove in Saturday afternoon’s Little East Conference opener against visiting Rhode Island College. Two goals later, her proof was on the scoreboard: Home 2, Visitor 0.
On Saturday, “Peixoto” was synonymous with “Home.” The Dartmouth native provided all of the day’s scoring, beginning just 2:21 into the contest. Peixoto took a feed from sophomore defender Kerri Dawson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and dribbled past Rhode Island’s defenders and into the box, placing an easy kick into the far side of the net. The Corsairs, who have struggled with opponents’ quick answers to goals all season, kept the pressure on in subsequent minutes with Peixoto and her fellow forwards keeping on the attack. UMass Dartmouth carried its 1-0 advantage into halftime.
UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Carla DeSantis was pleased to see her points of emphasis take root in her team’s play. “What we’re really working to improve is our overall composure, to set the tone early and maintain that kind of effort throughout,” DeSantis said.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE DEFEATS FRAMINGHAM STATE, 11-10
April 4, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-It was not easy, but in the end the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s women’s lacrosse team outlasted visiting Framingham State, 11-10, at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon. The Corsairs withstood whipping winds and an early second half rally by the Rams to gain their first win of the 2009 season.
Trailing 10-9 in the game’s final ten minutes, the Corsairs controlled the remainder of the game. The game-tying and game-winning goals were aptly scored by freshman midfielder Allison O’Rourke (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth High) and junior midfielder Kara Basque (Plainville, MA/King Philip/Sacred Heart) respectively, the Corsairs’ two most prolific scorers of the afternoon. O’Rourke led all scorers with four goals, while Basque was second on the team with three.
HOCKEY FALLS AT PLYMOUTH STATE, 3-0
Nov. 22, 2009
WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH– The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s hockey team still seeks its first win in their new conference after losing 3-0 to host Plymouth State in a Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference game at the Waterville Valley Arena Saturday evening.
The Panthers scored quickly on two first period goals to put the Corsairs in the rear view mirror. Sophomore forward Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I./Boston Jr. Bruins) lit the lamp just 1:16 into the first period, scoring an even strength goal assisted by junior forward Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass./Lawrence Academy) and freshman forward Matt Aponte (Plano, Texas/Baystate Breakers). Plymouth gave itself a cushion five minutes later when freshman forward Seth Phelan (Bristol, Conn./Northern Cyclones) scored off assists from junior forward Andrew Stewart (O’Leary, PEI, Canada/Hoosac School HS) and senior forward Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md./DeMartha Catholic HS/Boston Harbor Wolves) to make it a 2-0 game at 6:33.