Southern Maine Falls to Mount Holyoke 16-8

Freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli had two goals for the Huskies in their loss to Mount Holyoke College.
Freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli had two goals for the Huskies in their loss to Mount Holyoke College.

            CLERMONT, Fla. -- Senior Molly MacDonald (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) scored five goals and had one assist to help the Mount Holyoke College Lyons defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 16-8, in non-conference women 's lacrosse Friday morning at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.

            The win was the third straight for the Lyons, and improved their overall record to 5-1.  The Huskies had their season-opening four-game win streak snapped and fall to 4-1 on the season.

            For the Lyons, sophomore Kirsten Kilburn (North Branford, Conn.) scored four goals and passed out one assist, freshman Julia Bell (Longmeadow, Mass./Wilbraham and Monson) tallied three markers, and rookie Catherine Ryan (Longmeadow, Mass.) had two goals and a game-high four assists.  Senior goalie Liz Malenfant (Nantucket, Mass./White Mountain School) earned the win making five saves.

            Junior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) led the USM attack with two goals and one assist.  Classmate Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) and freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) also had two goals apiece.  Junior Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) made seven saves in the USM cage in 54:46 of action.  Freshman keeper Caley Presby (Portland, Maine/Deering) did not record a save over the final 5:14.

            Kilburn and Pelligrinelli traded goals in the opening 71 seconds before Mount Holyoke ran off a sting of six consecutive goals to open a 7-1 lead.  Kilburn had a pair of markers in the decisive stretch.

            Kelly snapped the Lyons' run of goals with her 13th goal of the season with 8:59 to go in the first half.  Junior Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) and Forster would find the net to close the gap to 7-4 with two minutes left in the half.  Ryan and Forster each scored in the final minute to make it 8-5 in favor of the Lyons at halftime.

            MacDonald scored four times in the second half as Mount Holyoke continued to stretch out its lead.  Kilburn, MacDonald and Bell each scored in first seven minutes of the second stanza to push the Mount Holyoke lead to 11-5.  USM never got closer than five goals the rest of the way.

            Mount Holyoke out shot USM 35-17 for the game and dominated the center circle with a 17-9 advantage in draw controls.  Kilburn and Bell each had five draw controls for the Lyons.  Forster had five draw controls for the Huskies.

            Southern Maine continues its Florida trip with a non-conference game against SUNY Potsdam on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).  Mount Holyoke returns home to host Springfield College on Sunday (12:00 p.m.) in a NEWMAC contest.