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Southern Maine Falls at New England College 14-6

Junior Burleigh Desjardins had a goal for the Huskies in their loss at New England College.
Junior Burleigh Desjardins had a goal for the Huskies in their loss at New England College.

Southern Maine Falls at New England College 14-6

            HENNIKER, N.H. -- Rookie attack Sean Largay (Norwalk, Conn.) and senior attack Adam Shute (Calgary, Alberta) scored four goals apiece as the New England College Pilgrims scored five unanswered goals in the first quarter to take a 5-0 lead en route to a 14-6 non-conference victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies Sunday afternoon at Don Melander Field.

            The victory was the fifth straight for the Pilgrims (5-1) after a season-opening loss at Eastern Connecticut State University.  The winless Huskies (0-5) dropped their fifth straight game.

            Sophomore Austin Watts (Westbrook, Maine) led the Huskies scoring four goals.  Junior Burleigh Desjardins (Brunswick, Maine) and senior Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) had the other USM goals.  Rookie Jeff Urmston (Bellingham, Mass.) dished off two assists.  Sophomore goalie Ryan Jurgelevich (Portland, Maine) stopped nine shots.

            Sophomore Skyler Saunders (Cambridge, N.Y.) quarterbacked the Pilgrims' offense setting up four scores in addition to tallying once for a five-point day.  Junior Nick Herzog (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) picked up one goal and dished out two assists.  Sophomore Garrett Naimie (York, Maine/Cheverus) had two goals, and senior Pat Miles (Brampton, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) and rookie William Pendleton (Chalfont, Pa.) each had a goal and an assist. Miles also had a game-high 15 ground balls and caused 10 Husky turnovers.

            Junior goalie Chris Galluzzo (New London, N.H.) made nine saves in the Pilgrims' cage to earn the win.

            The Pilgrims took command of the game outscoring the Huskies 5-0 in the opening quarter.  Largay netted his first goal, set up by Miles, less than 90 seconds into the contest.  Miles followed three minutes later with an unassisted goal.  Naimie pushed the lead up to 3-0 midway through the period, and Shute scored twice in the final 3:12.

            Watts got the Huskies on the board three minutes into the second quarter to make it 5-1.  Shute and Saunders countered for the Pilgrims before Watts netted his second marker with 1:24 remaining before halftime.

            Watts scored twice in the third quarter to offset NEC goals from Pendleton and Largay going into the final minute.  Largay and Shute scored 21 seconds apart in the final 30 seconds to push the Pilgrims lead to 11-4.

            Midway into the final quarter, Kenney and Desjardins beat Galluzzo to cut the deficit to 11-6 with five minutes remaining.  Herzog, Naimie and Largay scored 37 seconds apart to push the margin back up to eight.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Wednesday (6:00 p.m.) when it travels to Maine Maritime Academy.  New England College hosts the University of Maine at Farmington on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).