Jordan Leads USM Past UMaine Farmington 14-5

Junior Aliza Jordan had five goals and two assists in USM's 14-5 win over UMaine Farmington (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Aliza Jordan had five goals and two assists in USM's 14-5 win over UMaine Farmington (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Had Seven Points to Spark the Offense

            STANDISH, Maine -- Junior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) led all scorers with seven points on five goals and two assists as the University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team defeated the University of Maine at Farmington, 14-5, in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at the SJC Athletic Complex.

            The win was the second straight, and third in the last four games, for the Huskies who improved to 3-2 on the season.  The visiting Beavers, still looking for their first win of the season, dropped their third straight game.

            Sophomore Megan Violette (Portland, Maine/Deering) complemented Jordan with three goals and two assists.  Junior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) had a fine all-around game scoring three goals, scooping up six ground balls and corralling eight draw controls.

            Senior Carly Raymond (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) had a hand in all five UMF goals scoring two and assisting on the other three.  Sophomore Keilly Lynch (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) scored two goals and had a team-high five ground balls, and senior Sierra Gilley (Harpswell, Maine/Mt. Ararat) had a goal and an assist.

            Southern Maine used two goalies, junior Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) and rookie Mariah Vaillancourt (Lewiston, Maine/Edward Little), in the game.  Van Nostrand played the opening half allowing three goals and making three saves.  Vaillancourt, making her first collegiate appearance, entered after the halftime break to surrender two goals and record four saves.

            UMF junior goalie Heather Boland (Griswold, Conn.) went the distance stopping nine shots.

            The Huskies grabbed a quick 2-0 lead as Jordan fed Violette for the first goal just 51 seconds into the game.  Sophomore Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) added to the Huskies' lead less than two minutes.

            Raymond got the Beavers on the board at 20:13 converting a free-position attempt to make it 2-1.

            Southern Maine scored the next four goals over an 11-minute span to open up a 6-1 lead.  Colleen Fleming opened the run just 27 seconds after the Raymond goal.  Jordan scored the next two markers, and rookie Kerri Fleming (Berwick, Maine/Noble) made it a five-goal advantage at 8:36.

            The sides traded goals over the next six minutes to make it 8-3.  Gilley tallied for UMF 25 seconds after the Kerri Fleming goal.  Jordan restore the five-goal margin at 4:19.  Lynch cut the deficit to 7-3 before Violette scored for USM.

            In the final minute, Colleen Fleming scored twice in a span of 15 seconds, and Jordan scored with 1.6 seconds to play to give USM its biggest lead of the half at 11-3.

            Raymond scored the opening goal of the second half, but the Beavers would get no closer.

            Southern Maine had a 35-17 edge in shots and won the battle of the ground balls at 31-22.  The Huskies had a big edge at the center circle winning 15 of 21 draw controls.

            The Huskies are off until March 30 (4 p.m.) when they open Little East Conference play hosting Eastern Connecticut State University.  The Beavers are on the road this weekend taking on Bay Path College on Saturday (11 a.m.) and Norwich University on Sunday (1 p.m.).