Nine Score as UNE Sails Past Southern Maine

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Five players found the back of the cage in the 2nd quarter as the University of New England built a seven-goal halftime cushion on the way to a 14-4 victory over Southern Maine in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon (Mar. 5) at the Big Blue Turf.

The triumph is the first of the season for the Nor'easters (1-2), who have now defeated the Huskies (0-2) in five straight meetings.

In all, nine players scored for UNE, with two goals apiece coming from seniors Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and Fritz Kleinhempel (Hamburg, Germany), sophomore Geoff Bruno (Durham, Conn.), and first-years Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) and J.T. Oliver (Damascus, Md.). Senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) tallied three assists to help pace the attack, while classmate Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) scooped up nine ground balls and went 11 of 11 in face-offs.

Big Blue sophomore John Dusel (Wilbraham, Mass.) posted three saves during the first half to earn the decision in goal. First-year Joe Medel (Chesapeake, Va.) made three stops in the next 22:08, and junior Chris Baker (Marriotsville, Md.) turned away two shots in the remaining 7:52.

The Huskies were led by sophomore Austin Watts (Westbrook, Maine) with a pair of goals. Senior Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) recorded a game-best 10 ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore Ryan Jurgelevich (Portland, Maine) finished with 17 saves, as his side was out-shot by a 49-20 margin.

Three scores in the opening 10 minutes -- from Bruno, Gross, and Kleinhempel -- gave the hosts a lead they would not relinquish.

The teams traded markers in the rest of the 1st period to where UNE held a 5-3 edge after 15 minutes, but the Nor'easters extended the margin to 10-3 at intermission by pocketing all five of the goals in the 2nd quarter.

Both squads are back on the field Saturday (1:00 p.m.). UNE is set to host Plymouth State University, and Southern Maine is slated to visit Curry College.

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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Nine different players scored goals as University of New England used a balanced offense to defeat the Southern Maine, 14-4, in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at Big Blue Turf.

The win was the first of the season for the Nor'easters after opening the campaign with a pair of losses. The Huskies fell to 0-2. The game was moved to UNE as USM's Hannaford Field was not ready.

Freshman J.T. Oliver (Damascus, Md./St. John's College) and senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine/Morse) paced the UNE offense with three points apiece. Oliver had two goals and an assist while Wolfe dished out three assists. Freshman Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South), junior Geoff Bruno (Durham, CT/Xavier), and seniors Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and Fritz Kleinhempel (Hamburg, Germany) each had two goals.

The Nor'easters employed three goalies in the game. Sophomore John Dusel (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) started and played the first half making three saves. Freshman Joe Medel (Chesapeake, Va./Bishop Sullivan) played the opening 22:08 of the second half stopping three shots before junior Chris Baker (Marriottsville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) took over for the final 7:52. Baker was credited with two saves.

Sophomore Austin Watts (Westbrook, Maine) tallied a pair of goals for the Huskies. Rookies Seth Wing (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) and Tyler Jamison (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) had the other goals. Senor captain Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) picked up an assist and scooped up a game-high 10 ground balls.

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