Kelly Scores Nine, But USM Falls at Eastern Connecticut

MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Sophomore Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) scored a single-game record nine goals for Southern Maine on Saturday, but it was not enough as the visiting Huskies fell to the Eastern Connecticut Warriors, 20-15, in a Little East Conference game.

The win was the second straight for the Warriors, and improved their record to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Huskies fell to 6-9 overall and 2-2 in LEC games.

Kelly netted five goals in the opening half, and four more in the second half to eclipse the previous single-game mark of eight goals set by Jen Young in April 2002, and equaled twice by Jessica Knight. Kelly also had an assist to finish with 10 points, another single-game record.

Sophomore Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) had three goals for USM, and junior Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) chipped in with two goals and an assist. Sophomore goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) stopped 10 shots.

Junior Daniela Marchitto (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) led the Warriors attack scoring six times and handing off one assist. Senior Ashley Prizio (Brookfield, Conn.) added four goals and dished off three assists for a seven-point day. Sophomores Erin Conn (Moriches, N.H./William Floyd), and Alexa Foldy (Brookfield, Conn.) and senior Nicole Shusdock (Norwalk, Conn.) all had two goals. Conn also had a game-high 10 draw controls. Senior goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton, Conn.) was credited with six saves.

The sides went back and forth through the first half that ended with Prizio scoring with one second to play to give the Warriors a 10-9 edge. The Huskies had erased a three-goal deficit with a run of five consecutive goals, including two apiece from Kelly and Forster, to take a 9-7 lead. Conn and Marchitto scored to tie the game before Prizio's goal.

Kelly tied the game 21 seconds into the second half with her sixth goal of the day. Just over two minutes had elapsed before junior Christina Rully (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) gave the Warriors the lead for good. Kelly's seventh goal would pull the Huskies within one (12-11), but the Warriors went on a 7-1 run to build a 19-12 advantage with three minutes to play.

Turcotte would score twice, sandwiching Kelly's record setting goal, to get the Huskies back to within four (19-15) with a minute to play.

Southern Maine will return home to host Plymouth State University on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.). Eastern Connecticut will play its regular season finale on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) at in-state rival Western Connecticut State University.


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