Eastern Connecticut Survives Scare from Southern Maine

MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Senior Brooke Wayte (Bellport, N.Y.) and sophomore Ashley Prizio (Brookfield, Conn.) combined to score 13 goals as Eastern Connecticut State University rallied from a four-goal halftime deficit to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 17-16, in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game Saturday afternoon.

The win improved the Warriors record to 5-8 overall and 3-1 in the conference. The Huskies dropped their second straight to slip to 6-8 overall and remain winless in the conference at 0-3.

Wayte scored a game-high eight goals and Prizio had five goals and an assist. The two scored five goals during an 8-0 Eastern Connecticut run in the second half that turned a 12-7 deficit into a 15-12 advantage. Southern Maine pulled to within one goal on three occasions, the last with 2:33 to play when junior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) converted a free position attempt, but could not get the equalizer.

Senior Jess Knight (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) led the Southern Maine offense scoring seven goals. Vaughan and freshman Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) each found the net three times, and rookie Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) scored twice. Vaughan also had two assists. Freshman goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) stopped 17 shots.

USM built a 5-1 lead in the opening 11 minutes, and maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the half to command an 11-7 advantage at the break. Knight scored six times in the opening 30 minutes.

Southern Maine returns action Sunday (1:00 p.m.) hosting an LEC makeup game with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Eastern Connecticut will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).


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