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Southern Maine Cruises Past Saint Joseph's 19-3

Senior Kayle Hamilton three goals and an assist in the Huskies' 19-3 victory over Saint Joseph's (Me.) at Hannaford Field on Saturday.
Senior Kayle Hamilton three goals and an assist in the Huskies' 19-3 victory over Saint Joseph's (Me.) at Hannaford Field on Saturday.

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) scored three goals and dished out three assists for six points to lead a balanced attack as the University of Southern Maine Huskies men's lacrosse team defeated the St. Joseph's College (Maine) Monks 19-3 in a non-conference game at Hannaford Field Saturday afternoon.

            With the victory, the Huskies have now won three straight and get back to .500 with a 3-3 record for the season. The Monks had their two-game win streak snapped and dropped to 3-5 with the loss.

            Three other Southern Maine players tallied three goals in the game.  Senior Mark White (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) scored three goals and had two assists for five points, senior Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) netted three goals and contributed one assist for four points, and senior Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) added three goals of his own.  Kenney also led the team with eight ground balls, and senior Zach Blauvelt (Lewiston, Maine) won 15 of 19 faceoffs.

            St. Joseph's goals were scored by junior Ahmed Dorghoud (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams), sophomore Dalton Eldridge (South Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner), and freshman Jake O'Brien (Andover, Mass.).  Freshman Jeremy Sampsonis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) picked up six ground balls to lead the Monks.

            Southern Maine senior goalie Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), earned the win making three saves and only giving up one goal in 30 minutes of play. Hatch is now 3-1 on the season. Freshman goalie Ryan Jurgelevich (Portland, Maine) came in for Hatch to start the third period and made four saves while giving up two goals. St. Joseph's senior goalie Christopher Driscoll (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) was tagged with the loss giving up 11 goals and making six saves in 30 minutes of play. Monks' sophomore goalie Ethan Rettew (Ephrata, Pa./Conestoga Valley High School) relieved Driscoll in the third quarter and gave up six goals while making four saves.  Sophomore goalie Jason Yasenchock (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) played the fourth quarter giving up two goals and making one save.

            The Huskies took an early 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Kenney 1:19 into the game, and made it 3-0 on a goal by Baker seven seconds later, and one from White at 6:42.  After O'Brien put the Monks on the board with 2:12 remaining in the quarter, Southern Maine rattled off 14 unanswered goals to push their lead to 17-1 with 4:42 to play in the third quarter.  Hamilton scored all three of his goals and Baker dished out his three assists during the run.

            Southern Maine returns to action when it hosts New England College in a non-conference game at Hannaford Field on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.). The Monks will travel to Colby College for a non-conference game at Bill Alfond Field on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).