Flood Leads Southern Maine Past R.I. College 14-11

PROVIDENCE -- Junior Virginia Flood (Acton, Maine/Wells) scored seven goals and had two assists to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 14-11, come-from-behind victory over the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen in a Little East Conference women's college lacrosse game Thursday afternoon.

The win was the third straight, and fourth in the last five games, for the Huskies who improved to 4-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The three straight victories for the Huskies equals the team record for consecutive wins accomplished in 2003. The Anchorwomen dropped their seventh straight game to fall to 2-10 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

Flood, who scored seven goals in a game for the second time this season, equaled the school single-game record for points with nine. The record was established back in April 2001 by Jen Young against Rhode Island College.

The Anchorwomen got on the board first with goals by junior Caitlin Gavin (Portsmouth, R.I.) and sophomore Melissa Reggio (Commack, N.Y.) early in the game. The Huskies were trailing, 6-3, late in the first half, until Flood netted two goals in the final minutes to pull the Huskies within one goal at the break.

The game was delayed for an hour at halftime due to thunder and lightning. When play started up, Gavin and Reggio each scored in the first 5:49 of the second half before Southern Maine caught fire. Flood scored five times and junior attack Sarah Trent (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska) netted two goals as the Huskies rallied for an 8-5 deficit to tie the game 9-9, then pulled away. Gavin and Reggio kept the Anchorwomen within striking distance, but RIC was unable to close the gap down the stretch.

Trent finished with three goals. Junior Ashley Dyer (Harrison, Maine/Oxford Hills) and sophomore Lisa Henley (Bristol, Vt./Middlebury Union) each had two goals for the Huskies. Gavin and Reggio accounted for all the Anchorwomen goals with seven and four, respectively.

Southern Maine sophomore goalkeeper Katie Quartuccio (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Millbrook School) made 13 saves to earn the win. RIC sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Culbertson (North Kingstown, R.I.) made 14 saves.

Southern Maine will host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday. Rhode Island College hosts Plymouth State on Saturday. Game time for both games is 1:00 p.m.


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