USM Gets First Win, Downs Saint Joseph's 13-6

Sophomore Anh Nguyen had three points (2g, 1a) in the Huskies' 13-6 win over Saint Joseph's on Thursday
Sophomore Anh Nguyen had three points (2g, 1a) in the Huskies' 13-6 win over Saint Joseph's on Thursday

USM Gets First Win, Downs St. Joseph's 13-6

            PORTLAND, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team earned its first win of the season defeating Saint Joseph's College, 13-6, in a non-conference game played Thursday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

            The win was the Huskies' first of the season after losses to Bates College and nationally-ranked Colby College.  The Monks dropped their fifth straight game since opening the season with a win over Albertus Magnus College, and slipped to 1-5 on the season.

            Nine different players scored goals for the Huskies led by seniors Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine), Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) and Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) and sophomore Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) who scored two goals apiece.  Turcotte and Nguyen also had an assist.  Junior Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) also had three points on a goal and two assists.

            Senior goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) picked up the win stopping 13 shots.  Freshman Heather Everett (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) had a strong game scooping up eight ground balls and causing five turnovers.

            Senior Cassie Diplock (Augusta, Maine/Cony) topped the Saint Joseph's side of the scoresheet with two goals.  The Monks split the goalie chores between seniors Haley Nason (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and Elizabeth Giacchino (Melrose, Mass./St. Mary's).  Nason played the opening half and made four saves while Giacchino stopped six shots in the second half.  Sophomore Emma Lafrance (Westport, Mass./Bishop Stang) had eight ground balls and caused five turnovers.

            The Huskies scored four goals in the opening 15 minutes to take a 4-0.  LaPlante, Nguyen, senior Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) and Forster each found the net.  Nguyen and Cyr scored 17 seconds apart.

            After SJC sophomore Kat Gadbois (Scarborough, Maine) broke the string of USM goals with 10:22 remaining in the half, the Huskies tallied three goals in a 90-second span.  Freshman Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill), Forster and junior Laura Fay (Falmouth, Maine) scored to increase the Huskies advantage to 7-1.

            Senior Rachelle Messuri (Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane Regional) netted the Monks' second goal with 1:54 showing on the clock.  Kelly netted her first goal for the Huskies just 10 seconds after the Messuri goal, and scored her second with only one second remaining to make it 9-2 at halftime.

            Turcotte helped the Huskies push their lead to 12-3 scoring twice in the first 16 minutes of the second half.  Freshman Raquel Heitor (Danbury, Conn.) had the other USM goal.

            Saint Joseph's converted three free-position shots, including two by Diplock, to trim the deficit to 12-6 with 9:39 to play.  Nguyen tallied the final goal for USM with 5:09 remaining.

            Southern Maine heads to Castleton State College for a non-conference game on Saturday (3:00 p.m.).  Saint Joseph's will host Norwich University on Saturday (1:30 p.m.) at Fitzpatrick Stadium for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference match.