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Southern Maine Falls to Curry in OT 14-13

Senior Mark White (white jersey) had five goals and two assists in the Huskies overtime loss at Curry College.
Senior Mark White (white jersey) had five goals and two assists in the Huskies overtime loss at Curry College.

            MILTON, Mass. – Senior Andrew Navoni (Natick, Mass./Rivers) scored 1:26 into overtime to give the Curry College Colonels a 14-13, come-from-behind victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game Walter Katz Field.

            The win was the third straight, and second in overtime, for the undefeated Colonels who are now 3-0 on the season.  The Huskies dropped their second straight decision to slide to 0-2.

            USM senior Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) had a big day tallying a game-high seven points on five goals and two assists.  Senior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) had three assists and two assists.  Sophomore Kaleb Smith (West Gardiner, Maine) chipped in with a pair of goals.  Freshman goalie Ryan Jurgelevich (Portland, Maine/Portland) stopped 11 shots in his collegiate debut.

            Senior Joseph Natale (Haverhill, Mass.) led the Colonels offense with five goals and an assist.  Sophomore John Castellano (Scarsdale, N.Y.) had two goals and an assist.  Navoni, junior Connor Arnold (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Ronald Jensen (Zionsville, Ind.) each scored two goals.  Senior goalie Thomas D'Amato (West Simsbury, Conn.) played the opening half making one save.  Classmate Tim McGonagle (Concord, Mass.) took over in the third quarter to play the final 31:26 and had five stops to earn the win.

            Trailing 12-9 with less than nine minutes to play in regulation, the Colonels pulled to within one (12-11) of the Huskies on goals 15 seconds apart by Castellano and Natale.

            Smith gave the Huskies a two-goal advantage with his second goal with 5:55 to play.  Arnold and Castellano found the net to force the game into sudden-death overtime.  Castellano's tying goal came with 2:33 to play.

            Navoni ended the game when he took a pass from Natale and beat Jurgelevich at 1:26 of the extra session.

            Southern Maine looks for its first win of the season on Thursday (4:00 p.m.) when it plays at local rival University of New England.  Curry looks to make it four in a row on March 13 (1:00 p.m.) when it travels to Manhattanville College.