|Castleton University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — The University of Southern Maine Huskies women’s lacrosse team won its third straight game Friday afternoon holding off the visiting Castleton University Spartans 15-10 at snow-covered Hannaford Field. The Huskies improved to 3-1 overall with the victory while the winless Spartans dropped their fourth consecutive game.
Senior Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) paced the Huskies’ offense scoring four goals and dishing out four assists for an season-best eight-point game. Senior Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill) scored five goals, and rookie Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) contributed a hat trick and one assist. Sophomore goalie Hala Van Nostrand(Granby, Conn.) made five saves to earn her second win.
Senior Tiffany Danyow (Middlebury, Vt.) paced the Spartans with four goals, and junior Emily Cross (Shaftsbury, Vt.) scored three times. Senior Ashley Pelkey (Barre, Vt.) had a goal and dished out two assists. Sophomore goalie Samantha Hebb (Ashland, Mass.) stopped nine shots.
Southern Maine had a 34-22 edge in shots and a slim 31-30 advantage in ground balls. The Huskies won the all-important draw control battle 16-11.
Danyow gave the Spartans their only lead scoring the game’s first goal. Lessard (3g) and Campobasso combined to score the next four goals to give USM a 4-1 lead. Cross and senior Grace Johnson (South Burlington, Vt.) responded for the Spartans to cut the Huskies’ lead to one (4-3) ten minutes into the opening half.
Southern Maine had a run of five consecutive goals to increase its lead to 9-3 during the middle 10 minutes. Irish and Campobasso each had two goals during the run. Danyow tallied the only two goals of the final 10 minutes to pull the Spartans within four (9-5) at the intermission.
After Irish and Campobasso scored in the opening five minutes of the second half to give USM an 11-5 lead, the Spartans went on a 5-1 run to close the gap to two (12-10).
Cross, junior Nadine Downing (Cortland, N.Y.) and Pelkey scored for the Spartans back into the game at 11-8 with 16:34 to play. Junior Heather Everett (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) countered for USM, but Danyow and Cross found the net to give the Spartans the momentum.
Nearly eight minutes expired before Lessard scored her fourth goal of the game at 6:02, and freshman Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine) converted a free-position attempt 47 seconds later to swing the momentum back in favor of the Huskies. Lessard scored the game’s final goal with 3:49 to play.
In addition to her goal, Everett had seven ground balls, five draw controls and caused six opponent turnovers. Lessard also had six draw controls.