|New England College||University of Southern Maine|
HENNIKER, N.H. — Seniors Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill) combined for 10 goals to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies women’s lacrosse team to a 17-10 victory over the New England College Pilgrims Thursday afternoon in a non-conference game at Don Melander Field.
The win, the fifth in the last six games, improved the Huskies’ overall record to 5-2 on the season. The Pilgrims dropped their second straight game falling to 3-5 overall.
Campobasso led all goal scorers finding the net six times while Lessard popped in four goals and dished out an assist. The duo were responsible for five of USM’s eight goals scored during the pivotal 8-2 run over final 20 minutes of the first half that gave USM a 10-4 lead at the halftime break.
Freshman Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) had a hat trick, and senior Heather Everett (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) contributed two goals and one assist. Sophomore Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) accounted for one goal and passed out four assists.
Senior Allison Granata (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) and sophomores Tara Bainbridge (South Hadley, Mass.) and Alana Scott (Huntington, Vt./Mt. Mansfield Union) combined for all 10 NEC goals. Granata had four goals and Scott scored three times. Bainbridge led all scorers with seven points on three goals and four assists.
USM sophomore goalies Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) and Miriam Wood (Wakefield, Mass.) split the goaltending chores. Van Nostrand started and played the first half making four saves. Wood took over after the intermission and stopped three shots in the second half. NEC senior goalie Mackenzie Meegan (Phoenix, Ariz.) was busy making 27 saves.
Southern Maine had a 51-21 edge in total shots and a 29-19 advantage in ground balls. NEC won the draw control battle 16-13.
The game was tied 2-2 after 10 minutes when Everett sparked the 8-2 run with her second goal putting the Huskies ahead for good. Campobasso followed with goals at 16:50 and 13:32 to increase the lead to 5-2.
Bainbridge countered for the Pilgrims converting a free-position attempt at 8:08 to cut into the Huskies lead. Lessard found the net twice before Bainbridge convert another free-position attempt at 2:07 to make it 7-4. In the final two minutes, Irish scored twice, and Campobasso once from Lessard, to give the Huskies their 10-4 lead at the break.
NEC never got closer than five (11-6) in the second half. USM outscored NEC 5-1 over a 15-minute stretch to increase its lead to 16-7 and erase any comeback hopes.
The Huskies’ Little East Conference opener on Saturday with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been postponed and rescheduled for April 13. The make-up home game with Colby-Sawyer College on Sunday has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The Huskies’ next game will be Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) at Salem State University.