Santo Leads Southern Maine by Maine Farmington

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) scored a game-high five goals and dished off three assists as the University of Southern Maine Huskies team won its home opener Saturday over the University of Maine Farmington Beavers, 23-4, in a non-conference game at Hannaford Field.

The win was the second straight to open the 2012 season for the Huskies. The game was the season opener for the Beavers.

Sophomore Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) and juniors Jess Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) and Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) each had three goals and an assist for the Huskies. In all, 12 different players had at least one goal for the Huskies, and the 23 goals scored is a single-game record breaking the old mark of 21 set against UMF in 2009. Senior defender Bridget FitzGerald (Concord, N.H./Tilton) had a strong game scooping up six ground balls and causing two UMF turnovers.

Sophomore Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) and rookie Maggie Lane (Burlington, Mass./Hebron Academy) split the USM goaltending chores. Vogel played the first half and recorded seven saves. Lane had one save over the final 30 minutes.

For UMF, freshman Maddi Kadnar (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonskee) had two goals, and classmate Marisa Hanning (Hebron, Maine/Oxford Hills) and senior Emma Morrison (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) had one goal apiece. Morrison also had eight draw controls and four ground balls. Sophomore goalie Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine) made 12 saves.

USM took command of the game early in the first half to build a 15-3 lead by halftime. Turcotte and Gassman scored in the opening two minutes before Morrison got the Beavers on the board with 26:15 remaining. The Huskies scored the next four goals before Kadnar found the net for the Beavers to make it 6-2.

Santo then ignited a string of nine consecutive USM goals. Santo was the lone USM player to score multiple goals in the run netting three. Kadnar snapped the run of USM goals with her second of the game inside the final minute of the half.

The Huskies controlled the game throughout the second half tacking on eight more goals before Hanning put a shot past Lane in the final minute.

Southern Maine will put its unbeaten record on the line Tuesday (4:30 p.m.) when they travel to Waterville, Maine, to play nationally ranked Colby College. UMF is off until March 18 when it heads south to Wheelock College.


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