|University of Southern Maine||Framingham State|
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Junior Kaitlin Hilton scored a pair of goals to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 4-0 shutout win over the Framingham State University Rams in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Southern Maine snaps a two-game skid and improves to 6-8 overall and 5-3 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies are in a two-way tie for fourth place in the Little East. The loss is the sixth straight for the Rams who drop to 2-11 overall and 1-7 in the LEC.
Hilton broke open a scoreless game late in the first half off of an assist from Maggie Redman in the 24th minute. Hilton’s first goal of the season came after steady pressure from the Huskies’ offense. Seconds before Hilton’s game-winner junior Lindsay Jackson had a near-goal cleared off of the goal line as Framingham’s Shayna Yacyshyn earned a defensive save.
Southern Maine remained in front of FSU with a 1-0 advantage through the half, before scoring three second-half goals for the 4-0 final. Just over three minutes into the second stanza, Hilton scored her second goal of the game and of the season in the 39th minute, completing an assist from senior Jennifer Poulin. Poulin made it 3-0 in the 55th minute on an assist from freshman Abigail Staples, before senior Leanne Reichert finished an assist from junior Tayla Smedberg in the 59th minute for the last goal of the game.
USM freshman Elizabeth Amadei made four saves to earn the shutout victory. Haley Duggan made eight saves in the loss for Framingham