USM Opens LEC Slate Beating UMass Dartmouth

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Senior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) and sophomore Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) each had a game-high six points as Southern Maine used a five-goal run late in the first half to take command and defeat Massachusetts Dartmouth 14-9 in the Little East Conference opener for both sides Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.

The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Huskies who improved to 2-6 overall. The Corsairs slip to 2-4 overall.

Vaughan and Turcotte each had three goals and three assists to pace the Huskies' offense. Sophomore Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) also tallied three goals, and rookie Jackie Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) had two goals and one assist. Sophomore goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) stopped 14 shots to earn her first victory of the season.

Senior Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, Mass.) led all goal scorers finding the net four times. Senior Larissa Basque (Plainville, Mass.) scored two goals while sophomore Brittany Enos (Falmouth, Mass.) and sophomore midfielder Denise Gates (Agawam, Mass.) had a goal and an assist each. Rookie Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) and junior Allison O'Rourke (Weymouth, Mass.) dished out a pair of assists. Second-year goalie Angelina Donovan (Medford, Mass.) had 12 saves.

Tied 3-3 after 16 minutes of play, the Huskies went on a 5-0 run over the final 14 minutes to take an 8-3 lead into the halftime break. Vaughan ignited the outburst scoring the first two goals, followed by single markers from senior Erica Higginbotham (Winthrop, Mass.), Santo and Kelly.

The Huskies pushed the margin to 10-3 in the first nine minutes of the second half on goals from rookie Stephanie LeBlanc (West Haven, Conn.) and Santo. Kinchla, Basque and senior Samantha Wonson (Lowell, Mass.) put up three straight goals in less than a three-minute span for the Corsairs to cut the score to 10-6, but that would be as close as the Corsairs would get.

Santo snapped the run of UMD goals with her third goal of the game, and freshman Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) restored a six-goal lead (12-6) for the Huskies with 11:23 to play. The Corsairs outscored the Huskies 3-2 over the final 10 minutes, but never got closer that five.

Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (5:00 p.m.) traveling to Bates College for a non-conference game. UMass Dartmouth will host LEC rival Plymouth State University next Friday night (6:00 p.m.).


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