Eastern Connecticut Comes from Behind, Edges USM

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Ashley Prizio (Brookfield, Conn.) scored a game-high seven goals, including the game winner, to lead Eastern Connecticut to a 14-13, come-from-behind victory over Southern Maine in a Little East Conference match Saturday afternoon at Paula Hodgdon Field.

The victory was the third straight for the Warriors and gave them the LEC regular season title. The Warriors have won or shared the last four regular season crowns. They will be the top seed in next week's championship tournament and receive a first-round bye on Tuesday. The Warriors finished the regular season 8-7 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

The Huskies finished the regular season 7-10 overall and 4-2 in LEC play. The Huskies will be the third seed in the tournament and host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a first round playoff game on Tuesday.

Prizio tallied six of her seven markers in the second half, including the Warriors' final four scores, and now has 56 goals on the season. She also had an assist. Sophomore Daniela Marchitto (Orange, Conn.) scored two goals and had a team-high four assists for the Warriors. Rookie Erin Conn (Moriches, N.Y.) and sophomore Christina Rully (Orange, Conn.) each contributed two goals. Sophomore goalie Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) stopped nine shots to earn her eighth win of the season.

Senior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) led the Huskies scoring three goals and passing out four assists. Sophomore Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) and freshman Jackie Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) each had three goals and an assist. Rookie Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) had two goals. Sophomore Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) had 24 saves between the pipes.

Leading 7-5 at halftime, the Huskies increased their advantage to 12-7 in the opening eight minutes of the second half. Vaughan tallied three times, and Kelly notched the other two scores.

Approaching the mid-point of the half, Conn ignited the Warriors' comeback with her second goal of the day off an assist from freshman Ashley Wolk (Barrington, R.I.). Prizio and Marchitto scored over the next three-plus minutes to gain the momentum for the Warriors and cut the Huskies' lead to 12-10 with 12:42 to play.

Prizio then scored three straight goals in a span of three minutes to give the Warriors their first lead of the day, 13-12, with 9:06 to go. Turcotte equalized off a pass from Vaughan three minutes later, but Prizio capped off the comeback converting a pass from Marchitto into the game-winning goal.

The Warriors effectively killed off the final two minutes of the game, retaining possession in the Huskies end.


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