Big First Half Lifts Wellesley Past Southern Maine

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Senior Jenny Holland (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends) scored four first-half goals as Wellesley built a 9-2 lead, then held on for an 11-8 victory over Southern Maine in a non-conference game played Thursday morning at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.

The win improves the Blue overall record to 5-1. The Huskies dropped their second straight to slide to 1-4 overall.

Holland finished the match with seven points on a game-high five goals and two assists. Sophomore Alyssa Robbins (North Bennington, Vt./Holderness) added two goals and dished out two assists, and rookie Britt Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass./Pingree School) contributed two goals and one assist. Senior goalie Mary Mattia (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) stopped 11 shots.

Freshman Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) paced the USM attack with three goals. Sophomore Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) had two goals, and senior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) chipped in a goal and two assists. Sophomore Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) recorded a season-high 18 saves.

The Blue scored their first four goals in the opening 10 minutes of play to assume a 4-0 lead. Mscisz, junior Meredith Roy (Merrimack, N.H./Philips Exeter), Holland and rookie Kate Lonergan (Los Altos, Calif./Sacred heart Prep) found the net before Forster got USM on the board with 13:05 to play in the half. Robbins scored twice and Holland once to increase the margin to 7-1. After Forster tallied her second goal, Holland scored twice more before the halftime whistle.

The Huskies played better defensively in the second half limiting the Blue to two goals, but the margin was just too large to overcome. After Holland made 10-2 with 21 minutes to play, the Huskies scored four consecutive goals to get back within four. Sophomore Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.), Turcotte, Vaughan and Forster slipped shots past Mattia to close the gap to 10-6.

Mscisz scored the final Blue goal with 9:50 to play. Sophomore Samantha Purcell (Durham, Maine/Lisbon) and Turcotte scored within a span of 53 seconds for the Huskies, the latter with 5:27 left, but that would be as close as the Huskies would get.

Southern Maine will be back in action on Sunday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts Castleton State College at Memorial Field in Portland. Wellesley opens its conference season hosting Mount Holyoke College on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).


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