Southern Maine Starts Fast, Sails by St. Joseph's

GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine men's lacrosse team raced out to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter en route to an 18-5 victory over St. Joseph's College in a non-conference game Wednesday evening at Memorial Field.

The win was the second straight of the Huskies and evened their overall record at 2-2. The Monks had their two-game winning streak snapped and fall back to .500 at 3-3.

Sophomores Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Willie Joy (Portland, Mane/Deering) and freshman Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) each scored three goals for the Huskies. Sophomore Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) and junior Tim Bryant (Peterborough, N.H./ConVal) had two goals and an assist apiece.

Freshman Jacob Groom (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) and sophomore Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) split the goaltending chores for USM. Groom had five saves in the first half while Dussault recorded two stops in the second half.

Junior Kody Peckham (West Gardiner, Maine) and rookie Dylan Chase (West Newbury, Mass.) had two goals for the Monks. Freshman goalie Christopher Driscoll (Saco, Maine) made 10 saves.

The Huskies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening six minutes as Thomas, White (twice) and Joy found the net. After the Monks cut the deficit in half on scores by Peckham and sophomore Benson Pasquarello (Kennebunk, Maine), the Huskies scored seven consecutive goals from seven different players to open an 11-2 lead. Each team found the net in the final minute for a 12-3 halftime advantage for the Huskies.

The Huskies outscored the Monks 3-1 in each of the final two quarters to account for the 18-5 final.

Southern Maine is off until Tuesday (5:00 p.m.) when it travels to Bates College. St. Joseph's will play a North Atlantic Conference game at Husson University on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).


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