Huskies Fall to Mount Holyoke in ECAC Division III Semifinal

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Sophomore Kirsten Kilburn (North Branford, Conn.) scored a game-high five goals and senor goalie Liz Malenfant (Nantucket, Mass./White Mountain School) made 11 saves to lead Mount Holyoke to a 16-6 win over Southern Maine in a semifinals of the ECAC Division III New England Championships at Western New England on Saturday afternoon in Springfield, Mass.

Seeded second in the tourney, Mount Holyoke improves to 12-4 with the win and advances to play in the ECAC Championship game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against top-seeded Western New England. Western New England defeated Worcester State 17-11. The loss concludes the Huskies season with a 12-8 record. The Huskies 12 wins are a school record, surpassing the previous record of 11-win set in 2010.

The opening 10 minutes of the game were closely as goals from senior Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) and freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) kept USM in the game trailing the Lyons 3-2 with 20:25 to play. Santo's goal at the 22:37 mark was her 100th of her career. She is the third USM player to reach the milestone this season joining juniors Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) and Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine).

Holding a slim 3-2 advantage, the Lyons broke open the game with a five-goal run to end the half with a sturdy 8-2 lead. Five different players scored for the Lyons during the 20-minute span spurred by goals from Kilburn and senior Molly Macdonald (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) just 32 seconds apart from each other respectively.

Kilburn opened the second half with back-to-back goals as the Lyons rattled off six unanswered goals in the second stanza to take a commanding 14-2 lead with 14:17 left in the game. Santo stopped the Lyons' assault with her second goal of the game to make it 14-3 in favor of MHC with 12:46 on the clock, but the Lyons tacked on two more goals including Kilburn's fifth of the game to make it 16-3.

Kilburn's final goal of the game at the 7:11 mark proved to be the Lyons' final goal of the game. Southern Maine scored the final three goals of the contest on tallies by Forster, Pelligrinelli and sophomore Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) for the 16-6 final.


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