Southern Maine Downs UMass Boston for First LEC Win

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Tim Bryant (Peterborough, N.H./ConVal) and freshman Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) each had two goals and three assists as the University of Southern Maine built a big first half lead to defeat the University of Massachusetts Boston, 15-13, in a Little East Conference game Tuesday afternoon at Paula Hodgdon Field.

The win snapped a record-tying eight-game losing streak for the Huskies who improved to 3-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference. The Beacons dropped their fourth straight game to slide to 4-10 overall and 0-6 in LEC play.

The Huskies showed a balanced attack as nine different players scored goals. Freshman Steve Ribero (Londonderry, N.H.) had a team-high three goals and an assist. Sophomore Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and rookie Derek Beaulieu (Brunswick, Maine) each contributed two goals. Sophomore Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) added a goal and two assists. Sophomore goalie Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) recorded 13 saves.

Sophomore Pat Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) led the Beacons scoring a game-high five goals. Senior Al Craven (Milton, Mass.) had three goals and an assist, and junior John Canty (Milton, Mass.) chipped in two goals and two assists. Senior Dale Nunn (Hillsborough, N.J.) dished out three assists. Sophomore Anthony Fitti (Havertown, Pa.) and freshman Jake Gostanian (Andover, Mass.) split the goaltending chores with each recording seven stops.

The Huskies raced out to a 4-0 lead in the opening six minutes, led by two goals from Ribero. The Beacons responded with three consecutive goals from Canty, Driscoll and Craven to pull within one. White's goal with 1:17 left in the quarter gave the hosts a 5-3 lead after 15 minutes of play.

USM commanded the second period, outscoring UMB 7-2 to increase its lead to 12-5 at halftime. Thomas had two goals in the quarter for USM.

The Beacons began chipping away at the deficit in the third quarter to get back within four, 14-10. Driscoll found the net twice in the quarter.

Senior Pat McDonagh (Dorchester, Mass./Boston Latin) and Craven netted the first two goals of the final quarter to get the visitors back within striking distance with 5:22 to play. White, set up by Bryant, gave the Huskies an insurance goal with 2:31 to play. Driscoll scored in the final minute to account for the final score.

Southern Maine closes the 2010 season on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) when it travels to Keene State College. UMass Boston will host Plymouth State University in its season finale on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).


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