New England College Outguns Southern Maine

HENNIKER, N.H. -- Junior Matt Carey (Medford, N.Y.) netted four goals and dished out three assists to lead the New England College Pilgrims past the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 20-15, in non-conference men's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon.

With the win, the Pilgrims improve to 4-6 overall. The loss was the third straight for the Huskies who fall to 2-5 on the season.

In addition to Carey, senior Matt Vozzolo (Somers, Conn.) finished with four goals and two assists. Juniors Damian Carey (Medford, N.Y.) and John Gabriel (West Nyack, N.Y.) each scored two goals and had an assist. Picking up the win in goal for NEC was freshman Lee Cook (Pasadena, Md.) who finished with 10 saves.

Leading the way for Southern Maine was sophomore Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) who netted a game-high six goals. Sophomore Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) scored three times and had an assist for the Huskies. Seeing the bulk of the time in net for the Huskies was freshman Jacob Groom (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) who stopped nine shots.

NEC would jump out to the early 2-0 lead as freshman Brian Gillis (North Vancouver, B.C.) would score both goals in the opening five minutes of play. Southern Maine would respond with four goals from four different players to take the 4-2 lead at the 7:03 mark. The Pilgrims would outscore the Huskies 3-1 over the final seven minutes to send the game into the second knotted at 5-5.

NEC would control much of the offense in the second quarter as the Pilgrims would get goals from five different players to build an 11-7 lead heading into halftime.

The Pilgrims opened the third period with three goals extending their lead to the largest of the day, 14-7. Southern Maine responded in the fourth getting two goals apiece from Hamilton and Baker slicing the Pilgrims' lead to 16-12.

The Huskies would get two more scores from Baker and a goal from rookie Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) to get within three (18-15) with 2:46 remaining, but Vozzolo finished the game with two unanswered goals as the Pilgrims held on to capture the victory.

Southern Maine finished the game outshooting NEC 50-46 and held the 46-38 advantage in ground balls.

Southern Maine returns to action Saturday (12:00 p.m.) traveling to Western Connecticut State University for a Little East Conference game. New England College hits the road on Thursday (4:00 p.m.) for a Commonwealth Coast Conference game at Anna Maria College.


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