Eastern Connecticut Downs Southern Maine in LEC Opener

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Grant Albertson (New Canaan, Conn./Trinity Pawling) scored five goals and dished out three assists to lead Eastern Connecticut State University to an 18-13 victory over the University of Southern Maine in the teams Little East Conference opener Saturday afternoon at Paula Hodgdon Field.

The win was the third straight for the Warriors and improved their overall record to 6-2. The Huskies dropped their second straight to slide to 2-4 overall.

Albertson got plenty of support from senior Vinny Tornatore (Norwalk, Conn.) who had four goals, sophomore Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk, Conn.) added three goals and an assist, rookie Dan O'Reilly (Southington, Conn.) checked in with two goals and two assists, and sophomore Michael Sullinger (Brookfield, Conn.) contributed two goals and an assist. Freshman goalie Donald Berube (Tewksbury, Mass.) recorded 11 saves in 53 minutes to get the win.

Junior Tim Bryant (Peterborough, N.H./ConVal) led the Huskies offensively with four goals. Sophomore Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had three goals, freshman Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) had two goals and two assists, and sophomore Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) had a goal and two assists. Sophomore goalie Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) and freshman Jacob Groom (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) combined for seven saves.

The Warriors got the early jump outscoring the Huskies 6-1 in the opening period. Bolivar and Tornatore each had two goals in the outburst. Hamilton had the Huskies lone goal of the quarter.

The Huskies cut the deficit to two, 8-6, by halftime, getting two goals apiece from Bryant and White in the second quarter. The teams combined for 10 goals in the third quarter as the Warriors extended their edge to 14-10. Albertson had three goals, and Tornatore two, for the Warriors while the Huskies received goals from four different players in the quarter.

In the final quarter, O'Reilly had two goals and Albertson one, as the Warriors scored the first four goals to take command. The Huskies mounted a late charge scoring three goals, two by Bryant, in a span of 2:26 to get back within five.

Southern Maine hits the road on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) for a non-conference game at New England College. Eastern Connecticut is off until April 11 (12:30 p.m.) when it travels to Plymouth State University for another LEC game.


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