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Salem State Edges Southern Maine 11-10

Rookie Jeff Urmston had three goals for the Huskies in a tough, 11-10 loss to Salem State on Saturday.
Rookie Jeff Urmston had three goals for the Huskies in a tough, 11-10 loss to Salem State on Saturday.

            GORHAM, Maine -- The Salem State University men's lacrosse team used a run of five consecutive goals over the third and fourth quarters to erase a two-goal deficit, then held off the University of Southern Maine to take an 11-10 victory in a Little East Conference men's lacrosse game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The win snapped the Vikings' four-game losing skid and improved their record to 3-6 overall, and 1-1 in LEC play.  The Huskies fell to 2-7 overall and 0-2 in conference games.

            Sophomore Alex Pearsons (Burlington, Mass.) keyed the Vikings comeback scoring all three of his goals, including what proved to be the game-winning goal, in the fourth quarter.  Classmate Jacob Scordato (Milford, Mass.) and senior Frank Lento (Salem, Mass.) each had two goals.  Junior Mark Whited (Falmouth, Mass.) chipped in a goal and an assist.  Junior goalie Dylan Svenson (Billerica, Mass.) made nine saves in the Viking cage.

            Freshmen Tyler Jamison (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) and Jeff Urmston (Bellingham, Mass.) led the Huskies as each scored three goals.  Classmate Seth Wing (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) had two goals and an assist, while rookie Keegan Smith (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) chipped in a goal and two assists.  Sophomore goalie Ryan Jurgelevich (Portland, Maine) posted 15 saves.

            Southern Maine, down 5-4 at halftime, opened the third quarter with a run of three goals by Wing, Jamison and Urmston to take a 7-5 advantage.  Salem State swung the momentum its way when Scordato tallied a marker with 2:25 remaining in the quarter.

            Pearsons scored eight seconds into the fourth quarter to tie the game then gave the Vikings the lead for good two minutes later.  Goals by Lento and junior Nate Staples (Salem, Mass.) pushed the lead to 10-7.  The Vikings scored the four goals in a span of 3:15.

            Urmston, set up twice by Smith, scored two markers 39 seconds apart to get the Huskies back within one at 10-9 with 10:39 remaining.

            Pearsons converted a man-up opportunity with 3:57 to play to give the Vikings a two-goal cushion.  Jamison got the Huskies back within one with 2:45 to play, but the Huskies could not find an equalizer in the time left.

            Salem State out shot Southern Maine 46-35 and won the battle for ground balls 16-11.  Southern Maine had the edge winning 13 of the 22 faceoffs.

            Southern Maine hosts Castleton State College in a non-conference game on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).  Salem State travels to M.I.T. on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) for a non-conference match.