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Strong Second Half Propels Southern Maine Past Salem State 15-7

Junior Tristan Dundas (white jersey #27) celebrates a goal earlier in the season (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Tristan Dundas (white jersey #27) celebrates a goal earlier in the season (file photo by Jason Johns).

Strong Second Half Propels Southern Maine Past Salem State

            GORHAM, Maine -- Led by junior attack Tristan Dundas' (Abbotsford, B.C.) six goals, the University of Southern Maine men's lacrosse team kept its playoff hopes alive with a big second-half outburst to defeat visiting Salem State University 15-7 in Little East Conference action Wednesday evening at Hannaford Field.

            With their second straight conference win, the Huskies improved their record to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in Little East games.  The Vikings slide to 3-9 overall with their fifth straight loss and 1-5 in LEC games.

            Dundas' first goal of the game, coming with nine seconds remaining in the first quarter, gave the Huskies the lead for good, 5-4.  Dundas and Salem State rookie Kevin Albert (Canton, Mass.) traded goals in the second quarter to make it 6-5 after 30 minutes.

            The Huskies pulled away in the second half scoring seven consecutive goals over a span of 22 minutes to widen their lead to 13-5.  Four different players found the net in the third quarter before Dundas scored three straight to open the fourth quarter.

            Joining Dundas at the top of the USM side of the scoresheet were sophomore Cam Thibault (Scarborough, Maine) with three goals and one assist, and senior Jake Schoenberg (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) with three goals.  Rookie Colin Kinney (Belgrade/Messalonskee) had two goals, and sophomore Joe Cullinan (Contoocook, N.H./Hopkinton) dished out three assists.

            Freshman Tyler Morris (Billerica, Mass.) led the Vikings with two goals and one assists.  Sophomore Jay Colletti (Billerica/Shawsheen Tech) had a goal and an assist,

            Second-year goalie Griffin Hanson (Dover, N.H.) gave up six goals and made nine saves in 53:39 of action to pick up his fifth win of the season.  Rookie Alex Bonin (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) played the final 6:21 and did not record a save.

            Salem State rookie goalie Jack Ganter (Lynnfield, Mass.) took the loss after stopping 11 shots over the first 47:54.  Sophomore Zach Isham (Chicopee, Mass.) played the final 12.06 giving up three goals while making two saves.

            Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (11 a.m.) when it travels to Castleton University for a critical LEC game.  Salem State will entertain the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday (12 p.m.).

 

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