Southern Maine Gets First Win by Defeating UMF

PORTLAND, Maine -- Senior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) scored a goal and assisted on four others as the University of Southern Maine jumped out to a 7-1 lead en route to an 11-3 victory over the University of Maine Farmington in a non-conference women's lacrosse game Thursday afternoon at Memorial Field.

The win was the first of the season for the Huskies after two straight losses. The game was the season opener for the visiting Beavers.

Sophomore Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) scored three goals for Southern Maine while classmates Jess Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) and Samantha Purcell (Durham, Maine) each found the net twice. Rookie goalkeeper Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) registered 11 saves in her first collegiate start to pick up the win.

For the Beavers, junior Amie Daniels (Lewiston, Maine) recorded two goals, and junior Alyssa Neptune (Readfield, Maine) had the other goal. Freshman goalie Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine) stopped seven shots.

Santo got the Huskies on the board in the second minute of play before Vaughan set up goals by senior Erica Higginbotham (Winthrop, Mass.) and Gassman over the next two minutes. Vaughan scored her only goal off a pass from rookie Jackie Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) before Santo converted a free-position attempt to stake the Huskies to a 5-0 lead less than eight minutes into the game.

Daniels broke the string for UMF collecting a pass from sophomore Amiee St. Germain (Gorham, Maine) and beating Vogel in the 22nd minute. Purcell scored twice, both times off passes from Vaughan, before the end of the half to give USM a 7-1 edge at the break.

Gassman's second goal nine minutes into the second half made it 8-1. Daniels scored her second with 12 minutes to play before the Huskies tallied three times within a span of 1:39 to put the game away. Neptune scored inside two minutes to account for the final tally.

Southern Maine heads south for a two-game trip to Florida playing the University of Scranton on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.) and Wellesley College on Thursday (10:00 a.m.). UMF's next game will be Tuesday at St. Joseph's College.


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