Huskies Scored First Eight Goals
WATERVILLE, Maine -- The visiting University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team, sparked by junior Aliza Jordan's (Gorham, Maine) hat trick, scored the first eight goals of the game en route to a 14-5 victory over Thomas College in a non-conference game Wednesday evening at Bernatchez Field.
The win was the fifth in the last seven games for the Huskies who improved to 6-4 on the season. The Terriers, who earned their first win of the season in their last outing against Newbury College, fall to 1-8.
Jordan and rookie Alex Farley (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) led the USM offense as each tallied three goals and two assists for five points. Sophomore Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine) added three goals and one assist. Defensively, sophomore Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) had four caused turnovers and scooped up seven ground balls, and junior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) had four caused turnovers and eight draw controls.
Freshman Mariah Vaillancourt (Lewiston, Maine/Edward Little) and junior Miriam Wood (Wakefield, Mass.) split the goaltending chores for the Huskies. Vaillancourt played the opening half making two saves to earn her second win of the season. Wood played the second half recording one save.
Five different players scored goals for the Terriers. Rookie Nikki Bradstreet (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat), in addition to scoring a goal, had an assist. Sophomore Sydni Collier (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) stopped three shots.
Southern Maine compiled a 22-9 edge in shots and a 19-2 advantage in draw controls. Thomas won the battle of the ground balls, 23-22.
The Huskies raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 2:07 of play as Nadeau bookended a goal from Farley. Sophomore Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) pushed the lead to 4-0 at 25:30 before Jordan scored three times in a span of 1:07 to make it 7-0. Farley's second goal at 15:46 made it 8-0.
Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (11 a.m.) hosting Western Connecticut State University for a Little East Conference game. Thomas travels to Castleton University on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) for a North Atlantic Conference match.