Turcotte Leads Huskies Past Rhode Island College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- University of Southern Maine snapped a 5-5 tie with two goals 16 seconds apart in the final minute of the first half and went on to defeat Rhode Island College 14-8 in a Little East Conference game Tuesday evening.

The win improved the Huskies record to 6-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Anchorwomen dropped their second straight decision to fall to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in LEC games.

Junior Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) led the Huskies with five goals and one assist. Sophomore Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) added two goals and two assists. Sophomore Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) and rookie Julia Pearl (Essex Jct., Vt.) scored two goals apiece. Sophomore goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) earned the victory making 13 saves in the Husky cage.

RIC senior Nicky Drolet (Somersworth, N.H.) matched Turcotte scoring five goals. Rookie Jessica Ricci (Hope, R.I./Cranston West), sophomore Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) and senior Molly Voyer (Lincoln, R.I.) each had a single marker. Sophomore goalie Taryn Carbone (Cranston, R.I.) registered 14 stops.

Southern Maine piled up a 39-28 advantage in shots and a dominating 18-6 edge in draw controls. Rhode Island College held a 27-23 margin in ground balls.

The teams battled into the final minute of the first half tied at 5-5 after Ricci and Drolet scored 45 seconds apart for the Anchorwomen. Junior Jess Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) and Kelly restored the Huskies' two-goal lead with markers 16 seconds apart in the final 30 seconds of the half to give the visitors a 7-5 edge at halftime.

Turcotte continued the Husky run of goals converting a free-position attempt six minutes into the second half. Pearl and Turcotte would beat Carbone to push the Huskies lead to 10-5 with 18:50 to go.

Signoriello snapped the run of USM goal to pull RIC within four (10-6), but Forster responded 12 second later to restore USM's five-goal lead. Turcotte's fifth goal of the game increased the lead to 12-6 midway through the half.

Drolet gave the Anchorwomen some life scoring two goals to trim the deficit to 12-8 with less than five minutes to play. Forster and Pearl clinched the win with goals in the final four minutes.

Southern Maine travels to Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference match. Rhode Island College will play under the lights Thursday evening (7:00 p.m.) at Nichols College.


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