Jordan Leads Southern Maine Past UMass Dartmouth 19-5

Junior Allison Irish recorded her 100th career point in USM's win over UMass Dartmouth (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Allison Irish recorded her 100th career point in USM's win over UMass Dartmouth (file photo by Jason Johns).

Jordan Leads Southern Maine Past UMass Dartmouth 19-5
Huskies Clinch First Round Bye in LEC Tournament

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) continued her torrid scoring pace Wednesday evening setting a school single-game record with 11 points as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs 19-5 in Little East Conference women's lacrosse action at Hannaford Field.

            The win clinched the second seed in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament and a first-round bye for the Huskies.  The Huskies have won two straight, and five of their last six, to improve to 8-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference.  The Corsairs have dropped seven straight and slipped to 4-12 overall and 0-6 in LEC play.

            Jordan scored eight goals and dished out three assists for her record-breaking 11 points.  She eclipsed the previous mark of 10 points set by Jacki Kelly in 2012, ands equaled by current USM assistant coach Sarah Pelligrinelli in 2015 and 2016.  Jordan now has a career best 81 points (53g, 23a) on the season.

            Complementing Jordan on the offensive end were junior Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) with three goals and one assist, freshman Lindsey Keenan (Naples, Maine/Lake Region) with two goals and four assists, and freshman Rachel Shanks (Naples, Maine/Lake Region) with two goals and one assist.  Irish's third goal, coming early in the second half, was her 100th career point.

            Senior Brooke Martell (Haverhill, Mass.) led the Corsairs with two goals and four draw controls.  Junior Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass./Tantasqua) had a goal, one assist, three ground balls and three draw controls.  Freshman Isabella Mancini (Bellingham, Mass.) had a goal and led all players with seven ground balls.

            Senior Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Mass.) and sophomore Mariah Vaillancourt (Lewiston, Maine/Edward Little) split the goaltending chores for USM.  Van Nostrand played the opening half making three saves.  Vaillancourt matched that total in the second half.  UMD senior Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) recorded five saves for the Corsairs, and junior Bridgett Harrington (Northampton, Mass.) made one save in a brief first-half appearance.

            Southern Maine outshot UMD 32-12 in the game, and had a slim 22-19 advantage in ground balls.  The Huskies won the battle for control of the draw 16-9.

            Southern Maine closes the regular season Saturday night (6 p.m.) hosting Rhode Island College.  UMass Dartmouth will finish the regular season hosting Western Connecticut State University on Saturday (1 p.m.).

 

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