Vaughan Leads Southern Maine Past UMass-Dartmouth

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) scored a season-high six goals as the University of Southern Maine exploded for eight consecutive goals in the second half to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 13-9, in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game Sunday afternoon at Paula D. Hodgdon Field.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Huskies, and improved their record to 7-8 overall and 1-3 in conference play. The Corsairs dropped their second straight game to slip to 4-6 overall and 1-3 in LEC play. Each team has two conference games remaining in the regular season.

Senior Jessica Knight (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) scored four goals and had an assist to complemented Vaughan. Freshman Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) contributed a goal and an assist. Rookie goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) recorded eight saves before giving way to junior Rachel Lolley (Gorham, Maine) with 8:42 to play. Lolley made three stops.

Senior Allison Trearchis (Tyngsboro, Mass.) led the UMD offense scoring four goals. Five other players also found the net. Freshman goalie Allison Donovan (Medford, Mass.) finished with 15 saves.

The teams battled through the first half to a 5-5 stalemate. Each side scored three times in the opening six minutes before settling into a defensive struggle the rest of the way. Senior Liz Stapleton (Wakefield, Mass.) and Trearchis gave the Corsairs a 5-3 with 15 minutes to play in the half, but Vaughan and Knight countered for Huskies.

Jordan ignited the run of eight consecutive goals in the second half as the Huskies opened a 13-5 advantage. Knight score twice before Vaughan collected four straight goals. Knight capped off the run with her fourth goal of the game, and team-leading 52nd of the season, with 6:47 to play.

The Corsairs responded with four goals to close out the game. Freshman Heather Masses (Billerica, Mass.), Trearchis (twice) and junior Gillian Carey (Waltham, Mass.) tallied the goals.

Southern Maine travels on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) to Rhode Island College. UMass Dartmouth hosts Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).


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