Southern Maine Edges Western Connecticut in LEC

DANBURY, Conn. -- Senior Jess Knight (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) and rookie Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) combined to score 14 goals as the fifth-seeded Southern Maine Huskies defeated the fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State Colonials, 17-16, in a first round game of the Little East Conference tournament Tuesday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.

The win advances the Huskies into a semifinal game on Thursday (5:00 p.m.) at top-seeded Keene State College. The Huskies' win avenges a 15-13 loss at the hands of the Colonials during the regular season, and improves their record to 9-9. The nine wins set a school record for the most wins in a season, breaking the old mark of eight wins set in 2008. The Colonials close the season at 10-6.

Knight scored eight goals and had an assist to tie two USM single-game records. She matched the mark for most goals scored in a game set by Jen Young in 2002 and equaled by Knight in 2008, and the mark for most points scored set by Young in 2001 and matched by Virginia Flood in 2006. Knight also set a single-season scoring record with 74 points, breaking Young's record of 71 points set in 2001.

Turcotte scored a season-high six goals, including what prove to be the game-winning goal with 2:20 to play. Turcotte's game winner put USM up 17-15 at the time.

Juniors Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) and Jessica Martineau (Yarmouth, Maine) and senior Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) had the other goals for USM. Vaughan and rookie Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) each had two assists. Freshman goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) recorded nine saves.

Sophomore Jessica Bouwman (New Milford, Conn.) led a balanced Colonials' offense scoring five goals. Freshmen Nicole Perrone (Brookfield, Conn.) added three goals, and Lindsay Gorman (Killingworth, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth), Emily Brooks (Kingston N.Y.) and Kelly Brennan (Hicksville, N.Y.) tallied two goals apiece. Sophomore Brianna Mitterando (Mastic Beach, N.Y./William Floyd) had a goal and two assists. Freshman goalie Meghan Maroney (Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) registered nine saves.

Knight scored six times, and Turcotte added four, as the Huskies built a 10-5 lead at halftime.

Western Connecticut, led by Bouwman, scored five consecutive goals in the opening seven minutes of the second half to tie the game. Knight and Bradley restored the Huskies lead, but Brennan, Bouwman and Brooks responded for the Colonials to give the hosts their only lead (13-12) of the game with 14:14 to play.

Martineau and Turcotte regained the lead for USM before Perrone knotted the score at 14-14. Vaughan and Knight gave the Huskies a 16-14 edge with goals 51 seconds apart. Bouwman pulled the Colonials within one 21 seconds after Knight's goal. Turcotte scored, assisted by Vaughan, with 2:20 to go. Gorman scored with 14 seconds remaining, but USM controlled the following draw and was able to run out the clock to preserve the victory.

2010-05-04



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