GORHAM Maine -- Junior midfield Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) scored a game-high five goals and recorded a school single-game record eight caused turnovers to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies women's lacrosse team defeat the visiting Saint Joseph's College Monks 17-7 in a non-conference game Thursday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win improves the Huskies record to 3-0, the first time in the history of the program that they have started the season with three consecutive wins. The Monks dropped their second straight game to slip back to .500 at 2-2.
Kelly, who broke her own previous record for caused turnovers, was one of three USM players to tally five points. Freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) had four goals and one assist while classmate Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) connected for one goal and dished out a game-high four assists.
Junior Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) and freshman Caley Presby (Portland, Maine/Deering) split the goaltending duties for USM. Vogel played the opening half making five saves to earn her third win of the season. Presby made her collegiate debut in the second half recording six saves.
Junior Cassie Diplock (Augusta, Maine/Cony) led the Monks offense scoring four goals and handing out one assist. Classmate Anneka Adame (San Diego, Cal./Cathedral Catholic) had two goals and a game-high seven draw controls. Junior Rachelle Messuri (Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane Regional) scooped up a team-high seven ground balls for the Monks.
Junior Haley Nason (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) made 16 saves in the Monks cage.
Saint Joseph's took a 2-1 lead on goals by Diplock and sophomore Victoria Tenenbaum (Brunswick, Maine/McAuley) in the opening four minutes. Kelly ignited a string of eight consecutive goals in a 13-minute span by USM as the home side took command at 9-2. Kelly and Pelligrinelli each had three of the goals. USM led at the halftime break 11-4.
USM looked to control the tempo in the second half and slowly continued to build on its lead reaching a high-water mark at 17-5 after Pelligrinelli tallied her fourth goal with 8:21 to play. Diplock trimmed the deficit with a pair of goals 30 seconds apart inside the two-minute mark.
Southern Maine looks to make it four straight on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) hosting Castleton State College. Saint Joseph's opens it GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) schedule on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) with a game at Emerson College