FITCHBURG, Mass. – Senior Kerra Anastasia (Mansfield, Mass.) and sophomore Aislinn DeHorseyn (Leominster, Mass.) each scored second half goals to lead the Fitchburg State University Falcons to a 2-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference field hockey game Thursday night at Elliot Field.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 7-5 overall and 4-5 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine suffers its fifth straight loss to drop to 4-11 overall and 3-6 in the conference.
Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead early on senior Kaitlin Hilton's (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) second goal of the season in the sixth minute. Hilton's goal stood through the first half and the Huskies took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Southern Maine stayed in front of Fitchburg State in the opening ten minutes of the second half, before Anastasia knocked in her second goal of the season on a feed from junior Molly Richard (Leominster, Mass.) to knot the score up at one. Both teams battled back and forth, before the Falcons broke through for the game-winner in the 63rd minute on DeHorsey's team-leading eighth goal of the season. DeHorsey's goal was her third game-winner of 2017.
Southern Maine outshot Fitchburg State 10-7, but Fitchburg State had a 7-4 lead in penalty corners. USM freshman goalkeeper McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) made four saves in the loss. Sophomore Rhiannon Fletcher (Royalston, Mass./Monty Tech) made the start for Fitchburg, making two saves and allowing one goal in 35 minutes. Sophomore Kasey Mammone (Leominster, Mass.) earned the win playing the final 35, and making a pair of saves.
Southern Maine hosts Framingham State on Saturday (11:00 a.m.) in a Little East Conference match. The Huskies have designated Saturday's game as their Cancer Awareness Game, and will be selling t-shirts as a fundraiser and accepting donations. Fitchburg State hosts Worcester State (10:00 a.m.) on Saturday in an LEC game.