UNE Uses Strong Second Half to Down Southern Maine

PORTLAND, Maine -- The University of New England used a strong second-half performance to overcome a one-goal halftime deficit en route to a 12-8 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The win evens the Nor'easters overall record at 1-1. The game was the season opener for the Huskies.

Senior Danielle Cate (Boscawen, N.H.) paced the Nor'easters offensively with four goals and an assist. Rookie Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) added three goals, and junior Jessy Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.) and senior Angel Jarmusz (Powell, Ohio) had a pair of scores. Freshman goalie Samantha St. Peter (Mechanic Falls, Maine) registered nine saves to earn her first collegiate win.

Rookie Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) shared game-high goal-scoring honors with Cate netting four markers. Sophomore Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) added two goals, and freshman Jackie Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) had a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) stopped 16 shots.

Trailing 7-6 at the break, the Nor'easters got a pair of second-half goals from Jarmusz and Tavella to pull away from the Huskies. Dvorak tied the game with 24:52 to play, and Cate put the visitors on top for good at 21:18. Tavella bookended a pair of goals by Jarmusz as part of a six-goal run by the Nor'easters in the second half.

The teams traded surges in the first half that left the Huskies up one at halftime. Sparked by Santo and Forster, the Huskies use a three-goal run to take a 4-2 lead before the Nor'easters respond with a three-goal spurt of their own to go up 5-4. The Huskies came back with another three-goal surge to go ahead 7-5 before Tavella netted her first goal 12 seconds before halftime.

UNE finished the game with a 30-21 advantage in shots and a 26-14 advantage in ground balls.

Southern Maine returns to action on March 15 hosting Colby College at Memorial Field in Portland. UNE will travel to Middletown, R.I., on Friday to play Salve Regina University.


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