FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Sophomore Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) scored both goals to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-0 win over the Framingham State University Rams in a Little East Conference field hockey game Tuesday afternoon at Maple Street Field.
Earning its second straight win, Southern Maine is now 6-3 in the Little East Conference and 8-7 overall. Framingham State drops its fourth straight contest to stand at 3-11 overall and 1-8 in the LEC.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After a scoreless first quarter, Ellis put the Huskies up 1-0 four minutes into the second quarter driving in her eight goal of the season off of an assist from junior Hayden Spencer (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) in the 20th minute.
Ellis made it a 2-0 Southern Maine advantage in the third quarter, scoring in the 40th minute, redirecting a pass from Abbie Staples (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic). The Huskies' second goal came after one of their seven penalty corners in the contest. Senior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) inserted the ball to the top of the circle, and Staples sent a pass to the center finding Ellis.
Sophomore Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) earned her fifth shutout win of the season making four saves. Framingham State goalkeeper Jordyn O'Boyle made nine saves in the loss.
INSIDE THE STATS:
Framingham State led USM in shots 10-2 at the half, but trailed the Huskies 1-0 after the Ellis goal. The Huskies finished the game with a 15-12 edge in shots thanks in part to a seven-shot fourth quarter. The Rams held a 10-7 advantage in penalty corners, earning nine penalty corners in the second quarter. Pych made three of her four saves in the second quarter. O'Boyle made five of her nine in the fourth.
Earning her ninth goal of the season, Ellis now has 20 for her career. Her 20 goals (36 games played) moves her into USM's top 20. The 4-11 forward's 20 goals and nine assists midway through her sophomore season also has her listed at 20th in USM career records for points.
Pych's fifth shutout of 2019 ties her for 13th in USM single-season records. Pych has a .810 save percentage through 15 games in the 2019 season, and holds a 1.30 goals against average.
Southern Maine has a quick turn-around and will host No. 15 Bates College Bobcats on Wednesday (4:30 p.m.) in a non-conference match up at Hannaford Field.