Southern Maine Sinks Rhode Island College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team scored seven unanswered goals to close out the first half en route to a 17-6 victory over Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference game play in the rain Tuesday afternoon.

The win was the second straight for the Huskies who get back to .500 with an 8-8 overall record. The Huskies are 2-3 in conference play and assured themselves of a spot in the upcoming LEC championship tournament. The Anchorwomen dropped their sixth straight game to fall to 3-9 overall and 0-5 in LEC play.

Senior Jess Knight (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) and junior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) led the Huskies' balanced attack with three goals apiece. Freshmen Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) and Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine), along with sophomore Erica Higginbotham (Winthrop, Mass.), each scored twice. Rookie Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) chipped in with a goal and two assists. Ten different players scored goals during the contest for the Huskies.

Freshman Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) and sophomore Rachel Lolley (Gorham, Maine) each played a half in goal for USM. Kiesel had four saves in the opening half while Lolley registered eight stops in the second stanza. Each also scored a goal while playing in the field.

Junior Suany Almonte (Warwick, R.I./Veterans) and sophomore Nick Drolet (Somersworth, N.H.) paced the Anchorwomen scoring two goals. Sophomore Jenna Childs (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) made five saves.

Leading 4-3 eight minutes into the contest, the Huskies went on their 7-0 run over the final 21:25 to establish an 11-3 lead at halftime. Vaughan ignited the run with her third marker of the game. Higginbotham followed with her first goal, and Jordan scored twice. The Huskies scored four times in the final 3:15, including Lolley's first collegiate goal.

USM opened the second half with three more scores, two from Santo and one from Knight, before rookie Libby Lazar (Wakefield, R.I./South Kingstown) snapped the run of USM goals with a goal with 18:00 to play. Sophomore Molly Voyer (Lincoln, R.I.) made it two goals in a row for RIC with 11:45 to play before USM ran off three goals, including Kiesel's first goal, to increase the margin to 17-5. Drolet scored her second goal of the game in the final minute.

Southern Maine will travel to Keene State College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for its regular season finale. Rhode Island College closes the regular season at Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).

2010-04-27



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