Southern Maine Downs Husson, Wins Fourth Straight

BANGOR, Maine -- Sophomore Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) scored a game-high five goals as the University of Southern Maine defeated Husson University 14-3 in a non-conference women's lacrosse match Thursday afternoon at Boucher Field.

The win was a school record fourth straight for the Huskies, and improves their overall record to 6-8. The Huskies had won three straight games on four occasions previously. The Eagles had their three-game winning streak stopped and slip to 7-6.

Senior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine) tallied two goals and passed off two assists, and sophomore Jess Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) netted one goal and dished out three assists for the Huskies. Sophomore Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) scored three goals, all in the second half. Sophomore goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass.) stopped 17 shots.

For the Eagles, sophomores Stephanie Eaton (Pittston, Maine/Gardiner) and Kim Gambon (Walpole, Mass.) and junior Rebecca Hatin (Jeffersonville, Vt.) scored single markers. Sophomore Kaleigh Morneau (Twin Mountain, N.H./White Mountains Regional) registered eight saves in the Eagle goal.

Santo set the tone early scoring 16 seconds into the match. Vaughan and Santo made it 3-0 ten minutes in before Hatin got the Eagles on the board with 19:18 left. Rookie Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.), Gassman and Santo increased the Huskies' lead to 6-1 over the next 11 minutes. Eaton scored her goal with 4.34 remaining in the half to make it 6-2 at the break.

Gambon closed the margin to 6-3 two minutes into the second half, but that would be the Eagles final goal as Kiesel and the Huskies defense slammed the door shut. The Huskies would score eight unanswered goals, including two by Santo and Turcotte's three, to pull away for the win.

Southern Maine will host Keene State College on Saturday (12:00) for a Little East Conference match. Husson will close its regular season with a rescheduled game against Bowdoin College on April 27 (7:00 p.m.).


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