Forster, Pelligrinelli Each Score Four, USM Downs Eastern Connecticut 16-10
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) and freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) each netted four goals to lead the University of Southern Huskies women's lacrosse team past the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors, 16-10, in a Little East Conference matchup on Senior Day at Hannaford Field Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 10-5 and 4-0 in conference play. The Huskies remain a perfect 7-0 at home this season. The Warriors drop to 4-10 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Forster's last goal, coming with 21 seconds remaining in the game, was the 100th of her career. Forster becomes the sixth Southern Maine women's lacrosse player to reach the milestone, and second player this week to reach that plateau. Classmate Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) reached the same milestone on Tuesday against Rhode Island College.
Senior Lauren Santo (Salem, N.H.) and Kelly scored two goals apiece for the Huskies. Junior Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) and sophomore Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) each added a goal and a game-high two assists. Southern Maine junior goaltender Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) earned the win making 16 saves. Vogel improves to 9-5 on the year.
Junior Christine Lillis (Waterford, Conn.), who scored three goals and dished out an assist for four points, led the Warriors' offense. Senior Daniela Marchitto (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) also tallied three goals for the Warriors. Junior Taylor Shannon (Waterford, Conn.) had a goal and an assist, and senior Taylor Buchanan (Ellington, Conn.), junior Erin Conn (Moriches, N.Y./William Floyd), and sophomore Meg Eremita (South Windsor, Conn.) each added goals. Junior goalie Haley Heslin (Hartford, Conn./Northwest Catholic), who made eight saves, was tagged with the loss and drops to 4-10.
After Marchitto scored the game's first goal at 23:26, the Huskies rattled off three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead with just under 15 minutes remaining. Kelly, Cyr, and Pelligrinelli each scored goals during the run.
Eremita scored to pull the Warriors within one, 3-2, at 13:25, but the Huskies answered once again with goals from Pelligrinelli and Forster to increase its lead to 5-2. LaPlante provided the assist on Pelligrinelli's goal.
Eastern fought its way back in the final six minutes of the half as Lillis scored two goals and Shannon scored her lone goal to tie the score 5-5 heading into the break.
The Huskies struck first coming out of halftime as Forster scored an unassisted goal 14 seconds into the second to reclaim the lead 6-5. Marchitto tied it up 6-6 with an unassisted goal of her own at 28:03.
After Marchitto scored, the Huskies went on a 9-2 run over the next 23 minutes to take a commanding 15-8 lead. The run was highlighted by two goals apiece from Pelligrinelli and Santo.
Lillis scored her final goal with 1:10 left to pull the Warriors within six, 15-9, but Forster answered with her milestone goal with 21 seconds remaining. Buchanan scored for Eastern with one second left to make the final score 16-10.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) when they travel to Plymouth State University for a LEC matchup at Arold Field. Eastern Connecticut will host LEC rival Western Connecticut State University on Wednesday (4:30 p.m.).