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March 26, 2013

SUNY Potsdam Downs Southern Maine 16-15

SUNY Potsdam Edges Southern Maine 16-15

            CLERMONT, Fla. -- Sophomore Emily Petit (Queensbury, N.Y.) scored on a free-position attempt with 50 seconds remaining in regulation to give the SUNY-Potsdam Bears a 16-15 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's lacrosse game Tuesday night at the National Training Center.

            The win was the first of the season for the Bears after three straight losses.  The Huskies dropped their second straight game to slip to 4-2 overall.

            Junior Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) led the Huskies' offense with four goals.  Kelly also had five draw controls and five ground balls.  Junior Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) had three goals and seven ground balls, and classmate Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) had four points on two goals and two assists.  Forster also had a team-high nine draw controls.  Junior goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) recorded eight saves.

            Seniors Denise Johns (Marcellus, N.Y.) and Whitney Boshart (Watertown, N.Y.) paced the Bears with four goals and one assist apiece.  Petit finished with three goals, and sophomore Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y.) had a goal and two assists. Junior Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y.) was outstanding in goal making 17 saves.

            The teams battled back and forth throughout the game with neither enjoying more than a three-goal advantage (USM 3-0 and 4-1).  The Bears snapped a 13-13 tie with goals from Johns and Petit to go up by two with 5:40 to play.

            Cyr got the Huskies back within one with 3:10 to go, and Kelly drew the Huskies even with 1:31 remaining setting the stage for Petit's game winner.  Kelly had one last bid in the final seconds for the Huskies, but fired the ball wide of the cage.

            Southern Maine returns home to open Little East Conference play on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) hosting Keene State College.  Potsdam hosts Morrisville State on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).

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