|Eastern Connecticut State University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Senior faceoff specialist Jesse Schulze (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) scored seven seconds into the second quarter to spark a six-goal period for the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors who went on to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 13-7 in a Little East Conference men’s lacrosse game Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win was the second straight for the Warriors improving their record to 5-6 overall and 2-0 in LEC play. The Huskies dropped to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Schulze, who dominated a the X in the first half winning 11 of 12 faceoffs, won the draw to start the second quarter, raced straight down field and fired a shot past USM junior goalie Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) to snap a 1-1 tie. The goal was the first of the season for Schulze.
From there, the Warriors kept up their offensive pace to build a 7-3 lead by halftime. Rookie Ed Moran (West Haven, Conn.) scored the first of his three goals in the game just 53 seconds later to make it 3-1.
Two USM long-sticks, rookie Ryan Marsh (Wells, Maine) and junior Sam Hornblower (Portland, Maine/Deering), combined for a goal as Marsh converted a pass from Hornblower to score his first goal of the season.
Eastern outscored USM 4-1 over the final 10 minutes of the quarter to take control of the game. Juniors Matthew Rougeot (Cheshire, Conn.) and Harrison Urda (Milford, N.H.), senior Nick Biasetti (Brookfield, Conn.) and Moran all scored before halftime to offset a marker by USM junior Nate DelGiudice (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee).
Moran and Rougeot each scored three goals to pace a balanced Eastern offense. Biasetti scored twice, and five other players tallied one. Sophomore Sam Watson (Trumbull, Conn.) doled out three assists. Schulze finished the game winning 15 of 19 faceoffs and had a game-high seven ground balls. Junior goalie Chris Gorman (Shrewsbury, Mass.) registered 17 saves between the pipes, including 10 in the first quarter, to earn his fifth win of the season.
Rookie Bryce Randall (Portland, Maine/Deering) had two goals for the Huskies, and senior Keegan Smith (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) had a goal and two assists. Bessette had 13 saves.
Southern Maine outshot Eastern Connecticut 55-44 for the game, but put only 24 shots on goal. Eastern Connecticut won the battle for ground balls 29-24 and had a 15 for 23 advantage on faceoffs. The Warriors converted 2 of 7 man-up opportunities while the Huskies were successful on 2 of 11 opportunities.