Southern Maine Routs St. Joseph's College

PORTLAND, Maine -- Senior Preston Gilbert (Saco, Maine/Cheverus) scored a record-tying six goals to lead the University of Southern Maine past St. Joseph's College, 21-5, Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference men's lacrosse game at Memorial Field.

The win was the second straight for the Huskies and lifts their record to 2-1. The 21 goals scored tied the USM single-game record for most goals scored. The Monks dropped their second straight to fall to 0-2.

Gilbert scored five of his six goals in the first half as the Huskies built a commanding 14-3 advantage. The Huskies scored the first five goals of the game, including a pair by Gilbert 13 seconds apart, to open a 5-0 lead and never looked back. This is the second time in his career that Gilbert has scored six goals in one game, a record he shares with five other players.

Freshmen Jonathan Horgan (Hingham, Mass.) and Benson Pasquarello (Kennebunk, Maine) got the Monks on the board in the first quarter, closing the gap to 5-2. But that's as close as the Monks would get as the Huskies scored eight straight goals to increase their lead to 13-2.

Southern Maine put the contest away in the third quarter, out scoring St. Joseph's 5-0. Each team had two goals in the fourth quarter.

For USM, sophomore Tim Bryant (Peterborough, N.H.) had four goals, freshman Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored three and freshman Marc Stannard (Hartford, Vt.) chipped in two goals and a team-high three assists. Six other players contributed a single goal.

Senior James Suriyodorn (Deer Park, N.Y.) played 43 minutes and posted one save for USM. Freshman AJ Crippen (Topsham, Maine) made his collegiate debut playing the final 17 minutes and making two stops. Freshman Marco Stefano (Steep Falls, Maine) finished with 16 saves for St. Joseph's.

Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (4:30 p.m.) when it plays Thomas College on the turf at Colby College. St. Joseph's will travel to Daniel Webster College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).

2009-03-18



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