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 (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) 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 (Winslow, Maine). Poulin made it 3-0 in the 55th minute on an assist from freshman Abigail Staples (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic), before senior Leanne Reichert (Portland, Maine) finished an assist from junior Tayla Smedberg (Oxford, Maine) in the 59th minute for the last goal of the game.
USM freshman Elizabeth Amadei (Falmouth, Maine) made four saves to earn the shut out victory. Haley Duggan made eight saves in the loss for Framingham State.
Southern Maine returns to action on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) at Salem State in an LEC match up. Framingham State heads to Worcester State on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) in conference action.