Southern Maine Wins Slugfest vs. UMass-Dartmouth

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Junior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) scored a career-high eight points as the Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs 21-18 in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse match Saturday afternoon.

The win is the Huskies' record tying 11th victory of the season, equaling the mark set by the 2010 team. The Huskies finished the regular season 11-6 overall and a 5-1 record in LEC play. The Corsairs finished the campaign 7-9 overall and winless in conference play.

Southern Maine will receive a first-round bye in the Little East Conference tournament that begins Tuesday. USM will host the winner of the first-round game between third seeded Keene State College and sixth-seeded Rhode Island College on Friday in a semifinal round game.

Forster had three goals and dished out a career-high five assists for her eight points. Seniors Samantha Purcell (Durham, Maine/Lisbon) and Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) each had five points. Purcell had four goals and an assist while Santo chipped in three goals and two assists.

Freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) finished the game with four goals for the Huskies, and classmate Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) had a hat trick. Sophomore Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) also had a hat trick.

For the Corsairs, four players accounted for all the scoring. Freshman Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) had a game-high nine goals and two assists for an 11-point day. Senior Brittany Enos (East Falmouth, Mass.) added four goals and an assist, junior Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) had three goals and an assist, and senior Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, Mass./Agawam) had two goals and a team-high four assists.

Tied 8-8 at the half, the Huskies used a 9-2 run to open up a 17-10 advantage midway through the second half. Six different players scored at least one goal with Foster, Nguyen and Purcell netting a pair.

Kane scored twice 58 seconds apart to trim the Huskies' lead to 17-12, but Pelligrinelli and LaPlante scored to restore the Huskies seven-goal advantage with 10:58 to play.

The Corsairs would make things interesting down the stretch outscoring the Huskies 6-2 to cut the final margin to three.

Southern Maine junior goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) earned her 10th win of the season stopping 11 shots. UMD senior Angelina Donovan (Medford, Mass.) made 18 saves in a losing effort.

Southern Maine had the advantage in shots (43-31) while UMD had the edge in ground balls (28-25) and draw controls (22-19).


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