|Rhode Island College||University of Southern Maine|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The University of Southern Maine women’s lacrosse team scored the first five goals of the game en route to a 17-3 victory over Rhode Island College in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Huskies, and improved their record to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Anchorwomen dropped their third straight game to slip to 2-7 overall and 0-2 in LEC play.
Sophomore Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) led the Huskies scoring five goals and dishing off two assists for seven points matching her season high. Senior Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill) had three goals, and classmate Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had a goal and distributed three assists. Sophomore goalie Miriam Wood(Wakefield, Mass.) recorded five saves to earn her second win of the season.
Three different players scored goals for the Anchorwomen. Junior goalie Julia Eaton (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped 20 shots in the RIC cage.
The Huskies piled up a 42-8 advantage in shots and won the battle for ground balls 29-22. Lessard put the Huskies on top just 60 seconds into the game. Freshman Megan Violette (Portland, Maine/Deering), Campobasso, Jordan and Lessard followed with goals to increase the Huskies’ advantage to 5-0 before the game was eight minutes old.
Sophomore Tess Bradley (Tiverton, R.I.) put the Anchorwomen on the board with a free-position goal at 22:40. Sophomore Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) and rookie Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine) responded for USM before Allison Smedberg (Cranston, R.I.) notched RIC’s second goal.
The teams traded goals to make it 8-3 before USM scored four goals in the final 5:11 to close the half with a 12-3 lead. The Huskies scored five goals, including three by Jordan, in the second half while holding the Anchorwomen scoreless.