Southern Maine Women's Lax Downs Western Connecticut 12-9

Junior Colleen Fleming had a goal, three assists and sevne draw controls in USM's 12-9 win over Western Connecticut (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Colleen Fleming had a goal, three assists and sevne draw controls in USM's 12-9 win over Western Connecticut (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Downs Western Connecticut 12-9

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team scored five consecutive goals to snap a 6-6 tie and went on to defeat Western Connecticut State University 12-9 in Little East Conference action Saturday at Hannaford Field.

            The win was the second straight, and fourth in the last five games for the Huskies and improved their record to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play.  The visiting Colonials dropped their sixth consecutive game to slip to 3-8 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

            Leading 6-4 at halftime, the Huskies quickly saw their lead evaporate when WC rookies Kelly Lourenco (Mew Milford, Conn.) and Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, Mass.) scored in the opening 1:17 of the second half to tie the game.

            The tie lasted just over two minutes as USM junior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) put the home side ahead for good converting a free-position attempt at 26:27.  USM got the next four goals in the game from rookie Alex Farley (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle), Jordan, sophomore Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) and Farley over the next 14 minutes to build an 11-6 advantage with 12:33 remaining.

            Galligan single-handedly tried to bring the Colonials back scoring three straight goals to cut the Huskies' lead to 11-9 with 4:21 to play.

            Junior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) tacked on an insurance marker 30 seconds after the final Galligan goal to account for the final tally.

            Jordan led the Huskies scoring five goals.  She became the 13th player in program history to reach 100 career points with her second goal coming with 1:52 left in the first half.  Farley added a hat trick, Irish scored twice, and Fleming had a goal, three assists and a game-high seven draw controls.

            Galligan match Jordan for game-high honors with five goals and also had an assist.  Junior Amber Andrews (New Milford, Conn.) had two goals, and sophomore Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, Conn.) had three points on a goal and two assists.

            USM junior goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) stopped eight shots to earn her fifth win of the season.  Western Connecticut rookie Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, N.Y./W.T. Clarke) made 12 saves.

            Southern Maine had a 37-22 advantage in shots and a 25-21 edge in ground balls.  Led by Fleming, the Huskies had a 15-7 margin in draw controls.

            The Huskies next game will be Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) when they travel to Waterville, Maine, to face nationally-ranked Colby College.  The Colonials will play in-state rival Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday (4:30 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game.