GORHAM, Maine – Junior Abbie Staples (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) scored twice and senior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) added a goal and an assist to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 3-1 win over the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win is the fourth straight for the Huskies who are now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Little East Conference. Eastern Connecticut, which opened its LEC play with a 5-1 win over UMass Dartmouth last week, drops to 1-3 with the loss and 1-1 in the conference.
Despite the outcome, Eastern Connecticut scored first in the game forcing the Huskies to play catch up. Late in the first, Warrior junior Morgan Sanson (Thomaston, Conn.) broke open a scoreless game in the 29th minute when she tucked in her first goal of the season on an assist from classmate Khiara Valentine (Morristown, N.J.). The score remained unchanged through the first half.
Staples pulled Southern Maine even with ECSU early in the second, scoring in the 39th minute drilling in a goal off of an assist from senior Kerigan (Westbrook, Maine). Sirois made it 2-1 in favor of Southern Maine six minutes later diving to get her stick on a ball from freshman Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) in the 45th. Southern Maine continued to apply offensive pressure, outshooting the Warriors 9-0 in the second half, and added an insurance goal from Stables in the 62nd minute on a feed from Sirois for the 3-1 final.
Southern Maine sophomore McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) earned the win making three saves. Eastern Connecticut sophomore Kiera Integlia (Branford, Conn.) made four saves in the loss. USM had an 16-6 lead in shots and out-cornered the Warriors 9-0.
Southern Maine hosts Keene State on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game under the lights at Hannaford Field.