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Janda Leads Worcester State Over Southern Maine 3-1

Kailey Bubier
Kailey Bubier
GORHAM, Maine  - Senior forward Samantha Janda (Sterling, Mass./West Boylston) scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Worcester State University Lancers to a 3-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference field hockey game Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field in Gorham, Maine. '

         The win stops a three-game losing streak for the Lancers and improves their overall record to 8-7 and moves them to 4-5 in the Little East.  The Huskies fall to 7-10 overall and 4-5 in the LEC with the loss.  .

         Despite trailing the Huskies in every statistical category the Lancers won the battle on the scoreboard as Janda had a hand in each of the Lancers' goals.  Worcester State took the 1-0 lead early as Janda banged in her 11th goal of the season just 3:49 into the opening half.  

         The Huskies rallied to knot the score up at one goal a piece in the 12th minute.  Junior forward Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine/Hebron Academy) notched her team-leading sixth goal of the season completing a quick one-two passing combination from sophomore forward Stephanie Lomasney (York, Maine) and senior midfielder Bethany Bougie (Sanford, Maine). 

         The score remained locked in a 1-1 draw until late in the second half when the Lancers' leading scorer senior forward Sarah Cozzens (Lancaster, Mass./Nashoba) scored her 13th goal of the season in the 66th minute.  Cozzens was on the receiving end of a beautiful lead pass from Janda for the game-winner.  Janda added an insurance goal for the Lancers just two minutes later when she corralled her own rebound in the 68th minute for the 3-1 final.

         The Huskies outshot the Lancers 15-11 and had a significant 14-2 advantage on penalty corners.  Worcester State junior goalkeeper Rebecca Mullen (Peabody, Mass.) earned the win in goal for the Lancers making 10 saves.  Southern Maine sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made four saves in the loss.

         Southern Maine travels to Fitchburg State on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game.  The Lancers host Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) for a LEC match-up.