NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA –Visiting Southern Maine scored nine of the first 11 goals in the second half, opened up a 17-10 lead, and held off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team, 21-18, in a Little East Conference game at Cressy Field Saturday.
Junior midfielder Rosie Forster (Andover, MA/Andover HS), freshman midfielder Anh Nguyen (South Portland, ME/South Portland HS), and senior attacker Samantha Purcell (Durham, ME/Lisbon HS) each scored twice in the decisive run, which ended midway through the second half.
The teams battled back and forth in the first half, in which UMD freshman attacker Colleen Kane (Arlington, MA/Arlington HS) scored four goals and the teams were tied at 8-8. Kane gave the Corsairs a 9-8 lead with the opening goal of the second half before USM rallied.
Kane led all scorers with nine goals and two assists for 11 points. Senior attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) added four goals and one assist, while senior midfielders Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam HS) had two goals and four assists.
Purcell and freshman attacker Sarah Peligrinelli (Southington, Ct/Southington HS) each had four goals for the Huskies, while Forster had three goals and five assists.
"We battled from beginning to end," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Sarah Booker. "It was a fast paced game, with a lot of scoring on fast breaks. The 2013 seniors did a great job, not only today, but over the course of their four years, and made a huge impact on our program."
Southern Maine out shot UMass Dartmouth, 43-31. Senior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 18 saves for the Corsairs, while junior Kim Vogel (Sanford, ME/Sanford HS) made 11 stops for the Huskies.
The Corsairs dropped to 7-9 and 0-6 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while the Huskies improved to 11-6 and 5-1 in LEC play with the victory. Southern Maine will return to action next week in the LEC Tournament. The action was the final match of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE