|Eastern Connecticut State University||University of Southern Maine|
MANSFIELD, Conn. — Senior goalie Taylor Emmerson (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) stopped 19 shots to backstop the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors to a 15-7 victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies in Little East Conference women’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Complex.
The win was the second straight for the Warriors lifting their overall mark to 8-3. The Huskies dropped to 6-3 overall. The game was the conference opener for both teams.
Southern Maine outshot Eastern Connecticut in the game 33-26, but Emmerson was the difference with her 19 saves, including 11 in the second half when USM tried to mount a comeback.
Senior Paige Schneider (East Lyme, Conn.) and rookie Alyssa Powers (Ellington, Conn.) led the Warriors offense as each scored five goals. Powers also dished out an assist, and Schneider had a team-high six ground balls. Junior Katie Burke(South Windsor, Conn.) led all scorers with seven points on three goals and a game-high four assists. Senior Devyne Doran(South Kingstown, R.I./Prout School) had big game defensively for the Warriors scooping up five ground balls and earning six draw controls.
For the Huskies, seniors Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill) and Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle), and sophomore Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) had two goals apiece. Lessard also had two assists, and Jordan had one helper. Sophomore goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) finished with six saves. Senior Kaelyn Kuni (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) led the Huskies with six ground balls.
Burke got the Warriors rolling scoring twice in a span of 13 seconds early in the first half. After a goal by Jordan got the Huskies on the board at 21:26, the Warriors scored three straight to make it 5-1 midway through the half. Powers had the first and third goals, and sophomore Michelina Pinto (Groton, Conn./R.E. Fitch) scored the middle marker.
Eastern pushed its lead to 8-3 at the break outscoring USM 3-2 over the final six minutes. Freshman Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) and sophomore Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) scored the USM goals while Schneider had two, and Powers one, for the Warriors.
Junior Jenna Glynn (West Granby, Conn./Granby) and Powers scored in the opening four minutes of the second half to push the Warriors’ advantage to seven (10-3), and from that point forward the teams traded goals with the Huskies getting no closer than six on two occasions.
Eastern Connecticut had a 29-28 edge in ground balls, and a big 17-8 advantage in draw controls. EC converted on 4 of 8 free-position attempts while USM was only able to convert on 3 of 14 attempts. USM was better at clearing the ball from the defensive zone converting 24 of 32 clear attempts compared to Eastern’s 16 for 32 proficiency.