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April 2, 2013

Southern Maine Rolls Past UMaine Farmington 21-3

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior attack Samantha Purcell (Durham, Maine/Lisbon) tallied nine points on two goals and a school single-game record seven assists as the University of Southern Maine Huskies cruised to a 21-3 victory over the visiting University of Maine Farmington Beavers in non-conference women's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon at blustery Hannaford Field.

            The win was the second straight for the Huskies and lifts their overall record to 6-2.  The Beavers dropped their second straight game to slide to 2-4.

            The Huskies used a balanced offensive attack, led by Purcell, to roll past the Beavers.  Nine different players scored goals, and the 21 goals scored by the Huskies equaled their single-game record set four years ago against UMF.

            Purcell's seven assists broke the previous school record of six set last season by junior teammate Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) against Saint Joseph's College.  Kelly was on the receiving end of three Purcell passes, and finished the game with five goals, two assists, five ground balls and five draw controls.

            Senior Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.), junior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) each had three goals.  Freshman goalie Caley Presby (Portland, Maine/Deering), making her first college start, made 14 saves to earn the win.

            For the visiting Beavers, freshman Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) had two goals, and senior Emma Daniel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) had the other.  Freshman Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) had a game-high eight draw controls.  Junior goalie Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine) stopped 11 shots.

            Southern Maine quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening four minutes of play on goals by freshman MacKenzie Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine), Kelly and freshman Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine).  Balboni scored her two goals over the next four minutes to pull UMF within one, but that is as close as the Beavers would get to the Huskies.

            Kelly ignited a run of 14 consecutive USM goals over the final 20:33 of the first half to give the home side a comfortable 17-2 edge at the break.

            After surrendering a goals to Daniel 1:11 into the second half, the Huskies controlled the pace of play throughout the remainder of the half.  Purcell had a hand in all four Huskies' goals scoring a goal with 19:26 to go, and assisting on the final three markers of the game.

            Southern Maine is on the road Thursday (7:00 p.m.) to play a rescheduled game against Endicott College.  UMaine Farmington travels to Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a North Atlantic Conference game.

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