Southern Maine Prevails over Salem State in Double OT

SALEM, Mass. -- Freshman Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with 38 seconds remaining in the second sudden-death overtime period to give the University of Southern Maine a 9-8 victory over Salem State College in a Little East Conference men's lacrosse game Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The win was the third straight for the Huskies who improve to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference. The Vikings dropped their second straight to slip to 5-7 overall and 1-3 in the LEC.

The Huskies, who squandered a 7-2 halftime lead, got the game winner when Thomas combined with sophomore Tim Bryant (Peterborough, N.H./ConVal) to put a shot past Salem State sophomore goalie Brendan Gill (Chelmsford, Mass.).

Bryant led the USM offense with one goal and three assists. Senior Preston Gilbert (Saco, Maine/Cheverus) added two goals and an assist while senior Lee Gauthier (Berwick, Maine/Noble) contributed two goals. Senior goalie James Suriyodorn (Deer Park, N.Y.) stopped nine shots.

Sophomore Jonathan Falls (Seekonk, Mass.) and senior Scott Aronian (Chelmsford, Mass.) led the Vikings with a pair of goals. Gill registered 21 saves.

Southern Maine jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening half, including a 4-0 advantage to open the game. Gilbert scored his two goals in the final five minutes of the halftime to stake the Huskies to their five-goal lead.

Salem State tallied the only two goals of the third period to pull within 7-4, and the first three goals of the final quarter by Aronian, Falls and Aronian again to tie the game.

Gauthier found the net with 4:40 to play to give USM an 8-7 lead, but junior Mark Duran (Lynn, Mass.) beat Suriyodorn a minute later to force the game into overtime.

Southern Maine travels to Boston on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) to play the University of Massachusetts Boston in an LEC game. Salem State will be at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) for an LEC contest.


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