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UNE Downs Southern Maine 14-4

Senior Dylan Kenney (blue jersey #33) had an assist and 10 ground balls for the Huskies against UNE Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Dylan Kenney (blue jersey #33) had an assist and 10 ground balls for the Huskies against UNE Wednesday afternoon.

            BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Nine different players scored goals as the University of New England men's lacrosse team used a balanced offense to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 14-4, in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at Big Blue Turf.

            The win was the first of the season for the Nor'easters after opening the campaign with a pair of losses.  The Huskies fell to 0-2.  The game was moved to UNE as USM's Hannaford Field was not ready.

            Freshman J.T. Oliver (Damascus, Md./St. John's College) and senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine/Morse) paced the UNE offense with three points apiece.  Oliver had two goals and an assist while Wolfe dished out three assists.  Freshman Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South), junior Geoff Bruno (Durham, CT/Xavier), and seniors Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and Fritz Kleinhempel (Hamburg, Germany) each had two goals.

            The Nor'easters employed three goalies in the game.  Sophomore John Dusel (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) started and played the first half making three saves.  Freshman Joe Medel (Chesapeake, Va./Bishop Sullivan) played the opening 22:08 of the second half stopping three shots before junior Chris Baker (Marriottsville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) took over for the final 7:52.  Baker was credited with two saves.

            Sophomore Austin Watts (Westbrook, Maine) tallied a pair of goals for the Huskies.  Rookies Seth Wing (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) and Tyler Jamison (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) had the other goals.  Senor captain Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) picked up an assist and scooped up a game-high 10 ground balls.

            For the second straight game, USM sophomore goalie Ryan Jurgelevich (Portland, Maine) established a new career high for saves after turning aside 17 shots.

            The Huskies hung with the Nor'easters for one period trailing 5-3 after 15 minutes.  Bruno, Gross and Kleinhempel scored in the opening 10 minutes to stake the home side to the early lead.  Jamison put the Huskies on the board with a man-up goal, set up by freshman Keegan Smith (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area), with 4:08 to go.  The teams traded a pair of goals apiece to make it 5-3.  Watts had both USM goals.

            UNE took command in the second quarter outscoring USM 5-0 to increase its margin to 10-3 at halftime.  Five different players found the net for UNE.

            Wing scored a man-up goal for USM midway into the third period to make it 10-4, but that would be the Huskies final tally.  The Nor'easters tacked on three more goals before the third quarter ended, and had the lone goal in the final quarter.

            UNE piled up a 49-20 advantage in shots and a 37-23 edge in ground balls.  UNE senior Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) dominated the center X winning 11 of 11 faceoffs and picking up nine ground balls.

            Southern Maine will travel to Curry College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).  UNE will entertain Plymouth State University on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).