Albright Downs Southern Maine 12-8
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Junior Kelly Baumann (South Huntington, N.Y./Walt Whitman) scored four goals and dished off two assists to lead the Albright College Lions women's lacrosse team to a 12-8 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference game Tuesday morning at the Countryside Sports Complex.
The win was the fifth straight for the Lions, improving their overall mark to 6-2. The Huskies dropped their second straight game in Florida to slip to 1-3 overall.
After the Huskies took a 2-0 lead on goals from junior Megan Violette (Portland, Maine/Deering) and senior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) in the opening eight minutes, Baumann ignited a run of seven consecutive goals that gave the Lions a 7-2 lead early in the second half. Baumann had two goals and an assist in the run.
Southern Maine closed within three goals on four occasions in the second half, the last at 11-8 with 5:08 remaining on Violette's second goal of the game.
Jordan led the Huskies' offense with two goals and one assist. Violette also had two goals. Senior goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) stopped nine shots.
Senior Sophie Bass (Westfield, N.J.) complemented Baumann, tallying three goals and two assists. Rookie Ashleigh Tortorice (West Babylon, N.Y.) had a pair of goals. Sophomore goalie Terae Mason (Darby Township, Penn.) registered 12 saves to run her record to 6-2.
Albright had a slim 23-22 edge in shots and ground balls in the game. Southern Maine held a 13-9 advantage in draw controls. Baumann led the Lions with four ground balls. USM senior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) led all players with six ground balls. Albright's Bass and USM's Jordan shared game-high honors with seven draw controls.
Southern Maine returns home from its two-game Florida swing and will travel to Salem State University on March 28 (6 p.m.) for its final tune-up before opening conference play on March 30 at Eastern Connecticut State University. Albright opens conference play at Arcadia University on March 27 (4 p.m.).