|Maine Maritime Academy||University of Southern Maine|
PORTLAND, Maine — Senior Keegan Smith (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) had seven points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 17-6 non-conference victory over the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners at Fitzpatrick Stadium Monday afternoon.
The win leveled the Huskies overall record at 1-1 while the Mariners dropped to 0-2 on the season.
Smith scored two goals and dished off five assists to lead the Huskies offense. Senior Jeff Urmston (Bellingham, Mass.) scored four goals, and classmate Seth Wing (West Gardiner, Maine) added two goals and one assist. Rookie Bryce Randall (Portland, Maine/Deering), sophomore Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass.) and junior John Bossi (Billerica, Mass.) scored two goals apiece.
Wing and Smith each reached the 100-career point plateau during the game. Wing picked up his milestone point assisting on an Urmston man-up goal midway through the opening quarter. Smith collected his 100th point when he set up Wing three minutes into the second quarter. They are the fifth and sixth players in the 17-year history of the program to tally 100 or more points.
Sophomore Zachary Doucette (Portland, Maine/Cushing) led the Mariners scoring three goals. Junior Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine) had two goals and one assist. Rookie Andrew Waltz (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) had the other MMA goal.
USM junior goalie Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) picked up his first win of the season making 13 saves over the first three quarters. Rookie Alex Leblanc (Westbrook, Maine) played the final quarter and posted five saves. MMA rookie Daniel Lee (Satellite Beach, Fla.) started in goal and stopped four shots in one quarter. Classmate John Stolz(Scarborough, Maine) took over in the second quarter and had six saves over the final three quarters.
The Huskies raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening eight minutes on goals by junior Sam Hornblower (Portland, Maine/Deering), Wing and Urmston. MMA countered with scores from Waltz and Doucette 61 seconds apart to get back within one with 6:05 to play. However, USM got goals from Urmston, junior Nate DelGiudice (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and Randall before the end of the quarter to go up 6-2 after one period.
USM tacked on four more goals to open the second quarter for a run of seven straight goals. Wing, Urmston, Smith and Leonardo scored to push the advantage to 10-2 before Doucette snapped the run of Husky goals. Grant-Roy added a man-up goal for MMA, and Smith scored with one second remaining to make it 11-4 at the break.
Southern Maine outscored Maine Maritime 6-2 in the second half to account for the final tally. The Huskies had a 41-35 advantage in total shots and won the battle of the ground balls 33-25.