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Husson Thwarts Southern Maine Comeback Bid in OT 14-13

Sophomore Steve Gilbert (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Steve Gilbert (file photo by Jason Johns).

Husson Thwarts Southern Maine Comeback Bid in OT

            BANGOR, Maine -- Senior Zach Glazier (Winthrop, Maine) scored with 1:57 remaining in the first sudden-death overtime period to give the Husson University Eagles a 14-13 victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference men's lacrosse game Friday afternoon at Boucher Field.

            The win was the first of the campaign for the Eagles (1-3) after three consecutive losses to open the season, and their first against the Huskies in eight tries.  The Huskies (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season after opening with wins over Norwich University and Emmanuel College.

            Glazier's goal thwarted the Huskies comeback attempt after being down 13-9 in the fourth quarter.  The Huskies scored twice in the final two minutes, including the tying goal by junior Bryce Randall (Portland, Maine/Deering) with 57 seconds remaining in regulation.

            Southern Maine had the first opportunity in overtime winning the faceoff and firing four shots in the direction of the Husson cage.  The fourth was blocked in front and the long rebound sent the Eagles flying the other way in transition.

            Sophomore Gunner McAlister (Albion, Maine/Lawrence) was able to corral the long rebound at midfield and raced down the right side.  McAlister's pass into the middle somehow found Glazier who fired a shot by USM sophomore goalie Griffin Hanson (Dover, N.H.) for the game winner.

            The Huskies, who came from three goals down to beat Norwich in their season opener, were down four when senior captain Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) tallied a man-down marker at 9:41.  Junior Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.), who assisted on Leonardo's goal, pulled the Huskies within two converting a feed from sophomore Steve Gilbert (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill) with 6:42 left.

            With time winding down, sophomore Cam Thibault (Scarborough, Maine) made 13-12 with his third goal of the game at 1:27.  Thirty seconds later, Randall's shot found the top right corner over the shoulder of Husson senior goalie Matt Martin (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill) to tie the score.

            Dundas led the Huskies offense with four goals and one assists.  Leonardo and Thibault each finished with three goals and an assist.  Hanson stopped nine shots.

            Glazier finished with six points on four goals and two assists to lead all scorers.  McAlister and senior Adam Littlefield (Fairfield, Maine/Lawrence) had three goals and one assist.  Martin was outstanding in goal for the Eagles making 23 saves, including 10 in the third quarter.

            Southern Maine held 63-31 edge in shots and a 36-24 advantage in ground balls for the game.

            The Huskies are off until Saturday, March 23, when they will host Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Hannaford Field.  The Eagles will host Northern Vermont University-Johnson tomorrow afternoon (3 p.m.).