|Salem State University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Junior goalie Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) stopped 15 shots and scored his first career goal to lead the University of Southern Maine men’s lacrosse team to a 14-5 victory over visiting Salem State University in Little East Conference action Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win was the second straight for the Huskies, and moved them back up to .500 on the season at 6-6. The Huskies are 3-1 in LEC play. The Vikings dropped their sixth straight decision to slip to 2-9 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
Sophomore Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) led the USM offense scoring four goals. Senior Jeff Urmston (Bellingham, Mass.) and junior Nate DelGiudice (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) scored two goals apiece. Senior Keegan Smith (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) had a six-point game tallying one goal and dishing off five assists.
Junior Craig Denehy (Salem, Mass.) scored twice for the Vikings. Rookies Corey DaSilva (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex), Max Trifone (Saugus, Mass./Suagus-Northshore Tech) and Tyler L’Italien (Haverhill, Mass./Whittier Vocational) scored the other SSU goals. Sophomore goalie Chris Schaub (Brewster, N.Y.) made 13 saves.
DelGiudice gave USM a 2-0 lead in the opening seven minutes with a pair of man-up goals, assisted by Smith. Urmston extended the lead to 3-0 at 7:34. Denehy’s first goal of the game got the Vikings on the board at 4:47.
USM blew the game open in the second quarter scoring six straight goals. Bessette’s first career goal came after he made a save and took off up the field looking to clear the ball. With Salem defenders covering all his options to pass, Bessette carried the ball all the way into the attacking zone and beat Schaub with a shot into the upper left corner. The goal came with 5:00remaining in the quarter and increased the Huskies’ lead to 8-1.
The Huskies held a slim 47-44 edge in shots, and a 35-27 advantage in ground balls. USM senior Zach Hamm (Brunswick, Maine) had a big game scooping up 11 ground balls. JuniorSam Hornblower (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored a goal in the last second of the third quarter from 65 yards out to go along with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. SSU sophomore Daniel McLaughlin (Brighton, Mass./Boston Latin) led the Vikings with five ground balls and won 10 of 17 faceoffs at the “X”.