Southern Maine Downs Colby-Sawyer 10-8

Sophomore Allison Irish, seen here in a 2017 game, had three goals against Colby-Sawyer (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Allison Irish, seen here in a 2017 game, had three goals against Colby-Sawyer (file photo by Jason Johns).
Jordan, Irish Score Three Goals

            STANDISH, Maine -- A run of four goals in the second half turned a one-goal deficit into a three-goal advantage and the University of Southern Maine Huskies went on to defeat the visiting Colby-Sawyer College Chargers, 10-8, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game Sunday afternoon at the Saint Joseph's College Athletic Complex.  The game was move to Saint Joseph's due to snow on USM's Hannaford Field.

            USM got back to .500 with the win and is now 2-2 on the season.  Colby-Sawyer had its two-game winning streak stopped and slips back to 3-2 overall.  The game was the first meeting between the two teams.

            Tied 5-5 at halftime, Colby-Sawyer took a 6-5 edge when junior Sierra Schuster (Hopkinton, N.H.) converted a free-position attempt into her 14th goal of the season in the opening minute of the second half.  The lead lasted less than two minutes as sophomore Megan Violette (Portland, Maine/Deering) equalized for the Huskies after taking a pass from classmate Taylor Colangelo (Windham, Maine).

            Rookie Briana Couture (South Hadley, Mass.) restored the lead to the Chargers converting a free-position attempt at 22:20.  Less than four minutes later, junior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) scored for the Huskies to tie the game at 7-7.

            Southern Maine regained the lead for good at 14:59 when Jordan hit rookie Alex Farley (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) with a pass and Farley did the rest firing a shot past C-S sophomore goalie Kailyn Lapham (Medway, Mass.).  Jordan added a free-position goal at 11:13, and sophomore Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine) made it a three-goal advantage at 6:59 as the shot clock was winding down.

            Junior Brittany Ireland (Amherst, N.H.) got one back for the Chargers with just under four minutes to play, but the visitors could get no closer.

            Jordan led USM with five points on three goals and two assists.  Irish also had three goals, and Violette had two goals.  Junior goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) recorded six saves to earn her second win of the season.

            Schuster paced the Chargers with three goals, and Ireland scored twice.  Lapham finished with 13 saves.

            Southern Maine will host the University of Maine at Farmington on Wednesday (4 p.m.) for its next game.  Colby-Sawyer travels to Fitchburg State University, also on Wednesday (4 p.m.).