GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine Huskies women's lacrosse team used a run of five consecutive goals in the first six minutes of the second half to break open the game and went on to defeat the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs 19-8 in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Hannaford Field. The game was the regular season finale for both teams.
The win gives the Huskies an overall record of 7-10, and a 3-3 mark in LEC play. The Huskies will be the number-four seed in the upcoming LEC tournament that starts Tuesday, and host fifth-seeded Western Connecticut State University in a first round game. The Corsairs finished the season 5-12 overall and winless in conference play.
Sophomore Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) paced the well-balanced Huskies offense with five goals. Juniors Lauren Santo (Salem, Mass.), Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) and Samantha Purcell (Durham, Maine/Lisbon) all had three goals. Sophomore Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) chipped in with two goals. Sophomore goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) stopped nine shots.
Junior Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, Mass.) paced the Corsairs' offense with three goals. Sophomores Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) and Victoria Wood (New Bedford, Mass.) had two goals apiece, and junior Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, Mass./Agawam) had two assists. Junior goalie Angeline Donovan (Medford, Mass.) recorded 14 stops.
Kelly and Enos traded goals just over a minute apart to make it 1-1 seven minutes into the game. Turcotte and Kelly scored to give USM a 3-1 lead before Corsano found the net to make it 3-2 with 17.28 to go in the half.
A run of four straight goals by the Huskies pushed their lead to 7-2. Each side had had three goals over the final 9:28 to make it 10-5 at the break.
The Huskies pulled away in the second half scoring the first five markers in a six-minute span to increase their lead to 15-5. Cyr had her two goals during the run. The Huskies maintained their lead between 9-11 goals over the final 24 minutes to take the win.
Southern Maine piled up a 50-17 advantage in shots and a 35-22 margin in ground balls. Junior Jess Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) and senior Julia Gordon (Portland, Maine/Deering) had five ground balls for the Huskies. Cyr and sophomore Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) each had six draw controls. Junior Selina Houghton (Billerica, Mass./Shawsheen) had four ground balls and six draw controls for the Corsairs.