Southern Maine Downs Rhode Island College 14-6
GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomores Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine), Megan Violette (Portland, Maine/Deering) and Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) each recorded a hat trick as the University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse defeated visiting Rhode Island College 14-6 in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win was the second straight, and sixth in the last eight games, for the Huskies and improved their record to 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Anchorwomen dropped their eight consecutive game to fall to 1-9 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
USM controlled the game outshooting RIC 48-13, but was only able to put 31 shots on goal. RIC junior goalkeeper Julia Eaton (Cumberland, R.I.) played a strong game stopping 17 shots. Eaton also had a team high eight ground balls and was credited with four caused turnovers.
Nadeau was an offensive force adding two assists to her hat trick for a five-point day. Violette had an assist in addition to her three goals. Junior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) and rookie Alex Farley (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) chipped in with two goals apiece. Fleming also had a team-high seven ground balls. Junior goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) had three saves to earn her sixth win.
Seniors Taylor Theriault (Lincoln, R.I.) and Alasondra Apici (Providence, R.I./Classical) led the Anchorwomen with two goals apiece. Apici also had a game-high six draw controls. Rookie Giana Ritchie (Cumberland, R.I.) had a goal and an assist.
Southern Maine opened up a 7-1 lead in the opening 20 minutes to take control. Nadeau had a pair and Violette one for a 3-0 lead before Ritchie put the Anchorwomen on the board at 16:56. Nadeau, Irish, Farley and Violette scored the next four over a span of 5:02 making it 7-1.
A 3-1 run by RIC pulled the visitors within four (8-4). Theriault had the first goal, and Apici scored twice after Fleming countered for USM.
Irish tallied her second of the game with 24 seconds remaining to give the Huskies a 9-4 lead at the half, and spark a run of four consecutive USM goals.
Southern Maine hits the road on Tuesday (4 p.m.) traveling to Plymouth State University. Rhode Island College travels to Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.). Both games are Little East Conference games.