CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Southern Maine Huskies women's lacrosse team overcame an early 4-0 deficit and went on to defeat the M.I.T. Engineers 15-11 in the teams' season-opening game Saturday at Roberts Stadium.
Junior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) led a balanced USM offense scoring three goals. Freshmen Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) and Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.), junior Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) and seniors Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) and Samantha Purcell (Durham, Maine/Lisbon) each had two goals. Nguyen, Pelligrinelli and Santo also chipped in an assist.
Junior goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) earned the win in the Huskies' cage stopping 13 shots.
Rookie Nadia Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) led the Engineers scoring three goals and dishing out an assist. Freshman Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) each had two goals and an assist while senior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) had two markers.
M.I.T. freshman goalie Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) made six saves in her collegiate debut.
Wright opened the game with the first two goals, and Schott and rookie Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) added free-position goals to give the home side a 4-0 edge just 10 minutes into the game.
Nguyen tallied the Huskies first two goals to cut the deficit in half. After Wallace and Kane sandwiched a tally by Purcell to make it 6-3, the Huskies went on a 6-0 run over the final 8:03 of the first half to take a 9-6 advantage at the intermission. Cyr had two of the goals during the run.
Forster scored her first goal to open the second half and increased the Huskies' lead to 10-6. The Huskies would outscore the Engineers 4-2 over a span of seven minutes to enjoy a 14-8 lead with 14 minutes to play.
Kane, Schott and Wallace scored goals for M.I.T. to cut the deficit to 14-11 with 3:36 to play, but Pelligrinelli would ice the decision with her second goal coming with 53 seconds to play.
Southern Maine is scheduled to play its home opener on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) when it hosts the University of New England at Hannaford Field. M.I.T. will host Gordon College on Tuesday.