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Southern Maine Blasts Eastern Connecticut 5-0

Whitney McDaniel tallied her first two goals of the season in a win over Eastern Connecticut
Whitney McDaniel tallied her first two goals of the season in a win over Eastern Connecticut

MANSFIELD, Conn.  – Senior forward Whitney McDaniel (Livermore, Maine/Livermore Falls) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 5-0 win over the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon in Mansfield, Conn.

            The win is the second straight for the Huskies who improve to 2-3 overall.  The Colonials are still without a win in 2011 and fall to 0-4 with their fourth straight loss.

            After a scoreless 22 minutes of action, McDaniel put the Huskies on the scoreboard finishing an assist from junior midfielder Rachel Trafton (Corinth, Maine/Central) in the 23rd minute.  Southern Maine held its 1-0 advantage through the half, as Eastern Connecticut did not register a shot in the first 35 minutes of action. 

            IN the second half, the Huskies' offense exploded for four more goals en route to the 5-0 final.  Sophomore forward Ariel Kaplan (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) scored her second goal in as many games for the Huskies in the 52nd minutes on assists from junior forward Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine/Hebron Academy) and freshman back Stephanie Lomasney (York, Maine). 

            Southern Maine doubled its lead to 4-0 with goals in the 60th and 62nd minute as senior forward Haley Carter (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and freshman forward Becka Sarson (York, Maine) each scored.  Carter scored her second goal of the season off of an assist from Bubier, while Sarson recorded her first collegiate goal off of an assist from classmate Amethyst Hersom (Biddeford, Maine).

            McDaniel capped the scoring for the Huskies late in the game notching her second goal of the game and of the season in the 63rd minute with an unassisted score.

            USM sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) recorded her second straight shutout victory and did not make a save in 62:54 minutes of action.  Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Fortin (Berwick, Maine/Noble) played the final eight minutes in goal and did not make a save.

            Eastern Connecticut goalkeeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, N.J.) took the loss for the Warriors allowing four goals, without making a save, in 61:16.  She was relieved by sophomore Marissa Poplawski (Wallingford, Conn./Mark T. Bishop).

            Southern Maine hosts UMaine Farmington on Wednesday (5:00 p.m.).  Eastern Connecticut hosts Wheelock College on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).