FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Freshman Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) recorded her first career hat trick of the season leading the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 4-0 win over the Framingham State University Rams in a Little East Conference field hockey game Tuesday night at Maple Street Field.
With the win, Southern Maine snaps a two-game slide and improves its overall record to 6-6, and moves to 4-3 in the Little East Conference. The Rams are now 2-8 overall and winless in the LEC at 0-8.
Southern Maine struck for two goals in each period on its way to its second shutout win of 2018. Junior Makayla Garvin (Springvale, Maine/Sanford) scored the first goal of her career to earn the game-winner putting USM ahead 1-0 in the fourth minutes, completing the assist from senior Kerigan Demers (Westbrook, Maine). Six minutes later, USM doubled its lead when Demers found Ellis for the Huskies' second goal of the half in the 10th minute. Despite the pair of early goals, neither Framingham State or Southern Maine will score in the next 25 minutes of the first half for a 2-0 score at the break.
Ellis wasted little time in the second half, scoring just 47 seconds into the fame on an assist from junior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) before notching her third goal of the game in the 42nd minute for the 4-0 final. Ellis' final goal came on a feed from senior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy).
USM dominated the statistics outshooting Framingham 26-5 (14-2 on goal), and had a 21-2 advantage in penalty corners. Southern Maine freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) made twp saves to earn the win. Framingham State senior Haley Duggan (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman Grace Pushor (Old Town, Maine) split time in net for the Rams. Duggan made six saves, facing eight shots on goal in the first half, while Pushor made four saves on six shots on goal in the loss.
Southern Maine competes in non-conference action for its next game and will travel to Bates College on Thursday (6:00 p.m.). Framingham State hosts Dean College on Thursday (7:00 p.m.) in non-conference action.
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