NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Kerigan Demers (Westbrook, Maine) scored the game-deciding goal in the 25th minute and added an assist in the second half as three different players scored for the University of Southern Maine Huskies en route to a 3-0 win over the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference field hockey game Friday afternoon at Cressy Field.
The win is the sixth straight for the Huskies who are now 11-7 overall and 8-3 in the Little East Conference. UMass Dartmouth dips to 2-16 overall and 1-10 in the LEC with its eighth consecutive loss.
Despite outshooting the Corsairs 33-7 in the game (23-3 on goal), the Huskies were unable to put a goal into the cage until late in the opening half. Demers took a pass in the midfield and carried it into the circle before launching a low, driven shot for her second goal of the season, and first game-winner. Demers' goal stood through the half and USM entered the second half up 1-0.
The Huskies tacked on two more goals in the second frame for the 3-0 final. Junior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) redirected a pass from freshman Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) in the 41st minute. Husky senior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) notched Southern Maine's final goal of the game completing the assist from Demers in the 45th minute. The goal was Sirois' eighth of the season, and 10th of her career.
Southern Maine starter Lindsay Pych (Morristown, N.J./Morristown-Beard) played the first 35 minutes and made a pair of saves to earn the win. Sophomore McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) played the final 35 and made one save to preserve the clean sheet. UMD Allison Burke was outstanding in goal, making 19 saves.
Southern Maine plays again tomorrow (11:00 a.m.) at Bridgewater State in the Huskies' Little East Conference regular season finale. The Huskies will await their seeding and opponent for the upcoming LEC Tournament Championship.
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