GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) scored a game-high five goals as the University of Southern Maine Huskies pulled away in the second half to defeat the visiting University of New England Nor'easters 18-13 in non-conference women's lacrosse action Thursday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win was the second straight for the Huskies to open the season. The Nor'easters dropped their second decision in as many outings.
Senior Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) added four goals and two assists for the Huskies. Junior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) added three goals and passed out two assists, and classmate Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) chipped in two goals and two assists. Senior Samantha Purcell (Durham, Maine/Lisbon) and junior Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) each had a goal and two assists. Junior goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) registered 10 saves to earn her second win of the season.
Junior Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) led the Nor'easters netting four goals and passing out one assist. Sophomore Nikki Smith (Shapleigh, Maine/Massabesic) also had four goals for the Nor'easters. Sophomore Gina Newsome (Danbury, Conn.) contributed four points on two goals and two assists. Freshman goalie Courtney Kendall (Waltham, Mass./Lawrence Academy) stopped 11 shots.
Tied 5-5 late in the first half, the Huskies received goals from Kelly and Pelligrinelli 12 seconds apart to take a 7-5 edge into the halftime break.
The Huskies opened the second half getting the first three goals from Santo, Pelligrinelli and Forster to open up a 10-5 lead less than four minutes into the stanza.
Tavella and Smith found the net 20 seconds apart to pull the visitors within three at 10-7.
Southern Maine responded with three goals from Cyr, Pelligrinelli and Santo to push the lead up to six, 13-7.
UNE used a 3-1 run over a four-minute span to get back within four, 14-10. Newsome, sophomore Jessica Deedon (Sherman, Conn.) and Smith offset a USM goal by Purcell.
Santo sparked a run of four straight USM goals with 11:01 to play. Santo's fourth goal of the game, coming with 5:56 to play, closed the run and the Huskies enjoyed their largest lead at 18-10.
Tavella scored twice and Smith once over the final 3:17 to close the gap.
Forster dominated the center circle coming up with a single-game record 13 draw controls for USM. Kelly and Purcell each had five ground balls, and Kelly tied her single-game record with seven caused turnovers.
Southern Maine hits the road Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a non-conference match-up at Endicott College. UNE will host nationally ranked Bowdoin College in its next game next Wednesday (4:00 p.m.).