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Southern Maine Downs Husson 11-4

Sophomore Dan St. Peter (#23) led the Huskies with three goals in an 11-4 win at Husson Wednesday night.
Sophomore Dan St. Peter (#23) led the Huskies with three goals in an 11-4 win at Husson Wednesday night.

            BANGOR, Maine -- Sophomore Dan St. Peter (Windham, Maine) scored three goals Wednesday night as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Husson University Eagles 11-4 in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Boucher Field.

            The win stopped a two-game losing skid for the Huskies and improved their overall record to 4-5.  The Eagles dropped their third straight game to slide to 2-6 on the season.

            Senior Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) added two goals and an assist for the Huskies.  Sophomore Eddie Barrasso (Wilmington, Mass.) tallied two goals.  Senior Steve Ribero (Londonderry, N.H.) had a goal and three assists, and classmate Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) chipped in a goal and two assists.  Senior goalie Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished the game making nine saves.

            Senior Mitch Heaps (York, Pa./Red Lion Area) scored three times for the Eagles.  Senior Dillon Shaw (Augusta, Maine/Cony) had the other Eagle goal.  Senior goalie John Hooper III (Wakefield, R.I./Prout School) stopped eight shots.

            St. Peter and Heaps traded goals midway through the first quarter before Ribero set up senior Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) at 3:34 to give the Huskies the lead for good.

            USM had the only two markers in the second quarter as Barrasso scored an unassisted man-up goal at 7:47, and St. Peter notched his second goal of the game in the final minute to make it 4-1 at halftime.

            The Huskies continued to build on their lead in the third quarter pushing the margin to 6-1 on goals from White, assisted by Ribero, and senior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine), set up by White.

            Barrasso, Ribero and St. Peter scored in the opening six minutes of the final quarter to give the Huskies eight consecutive goals and a 9-1 lead.

            Heaps snapped the run of USM goals with his second marker at 8:13 of the final quarter.  Hamilton found the net at 4:43 and 2:09 to extend the USM lead to 11-2.  Shaw and Heaps added goals for the Eagles in the final minute.

            The Huskies had a 35-28 edge on shots during the game, and a slim 29-26 advantage in ground balls.  The Huskies were successful on all 16 clear attempts.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) hosting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference game at Hannaford Field.  Husson travels to Vermont this weekend for North Atlantic Conference games at Lyndon State College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) and Johnson State College on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).