Southern Maine Comes from Behind, Downs Curry

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) snapped a 9-9 tie with 6:29 to play and the University of Southern Maine went on to defeat Curry College, 10-9, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game Thursday afternoon at Paula Hodgdon Field.

The win was the second straight for the Huskies, bringing them back to .500 at 6-6 overall. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Colonels who fall to 9-4.

Trailing 8-5 with 20 minutes to play, the Huskies went on a 4-0 run over the next eight minutes to take a 9-8 advantage. Junior Kristy Kendrick (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) spark the surge with a goal and two assists.

Junior Elissa Bulgatz (North Brook, Ill.) got the Colonels back even with her second goal of the game with 6:50 to play. Southern Maine gained the ensuing draw control, and freshman Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) found Vaughan in front of the net for a quick shot. The goal proved decisive as the Huskies were able to control the clock much of the final six minutes.

Vaughan finished the game with a team-high three goals and one assist. Kendrick tallied two goals and two assists while Santo chipped in a goal and an assist. Freshman goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) had an outstanding game making 17 saves, including eight stops on free-position attempts.

The first half was closely contested. Southern Maine twice led by two (2-0 and 3-1), but Curry would rally with a 4-1 run over the final 17 minutes to take a 5-4 lead into halftime. Senior Ashley Hansbury (Chelmsford, Mass.) ignited the outburst, setting up senior Nicole Fratto (Braintree, Mass.) for a goal. Hansbury would later score twice, including the go-ahead marker with 2:32 left in the half, during the run.

The Colonels added to their lead early in the second half on goals by seniors Rachel Robichaud (Billerica, Mass.) and Carissa Lauyer (Bloomsbury, N.J./Huntertown). Vaughan and Hansbury traded goals two minutes apart for an 8-5 advantage to the Colonels.

Hansbury led all scorers with a game-high four goals and an assist. Bulgatz had two goals. Junior goalie Maria Lynch (Billerica, Mass.) recorded nine saves.

Curry had a 33-27 edge in shots and a 13-8 advantage in draw controls. USM's defense held Curry, which came into the game averaging 17.1 goals a game, to a season-low nine goals.

Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it hosts the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a Little East Conference game. Curry entertains Salve Regina University on Saturday (1:30 p.m.) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference match.


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