GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team scored early and often en route to a 24-4 victory over the University of Maine at Farmington in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Huskies, and improved their record to 3-5 overall. The Beavers dropped their sixth straight game to fall to 2-7 on the season.
The Huskies 24-goal outburst was a single-game record breaking the old mark of 21 goals set on three occasions. Senior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) and freshman Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine) led the offensive charge with five points apiece on three goals and two assists. Seniors Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) and Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) and sophomore Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) all had three goals. In all, eleven different players scored goals for the Huskies.
Senior Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) and sophomore Caley Presby (Portland, Maine/Deering) split the goaltending chores for the Huskies. Vogel started and played a total of 15:44 making one save. Presby had two stops.
Freshman Jaclyn Langevin (Bow, N.H.) had two goals and four draw controls for UMF. Sophomores Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) had the other goals. Rookie Rhi Jackson (Saco, Maine/Waynflete) scooped up seven ground balls, had three draw controls and caused five USM turnovers. Senior goalie Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine) stopped 12 shots.
Southern Maine scored the first nine goals of the game in the opening 10 minutes of play and never looked back. Balboni got the Beavers on the board at 19:13, but the Huskies countered with a run of seven goals to push their lead to 16-1. Langevin netted her first goal of the day with 1:45 to go to make it 16-2 at halftime.
Turcotte and Cyr opened the second half with markers to increase the lead to 18-2. Allen and Langevin converted free-position attempts for the Beavers before the Huskies ran off six scores over the final 16 minutes to account for the final tally.
The Huskies rolled up a 42-10 advantage in shots, a 25-17 edge in ground balls and a 19-11 margin in draw controls. Both sides took advantage of their free-position opportunities as USM converted on 6 of 8 while UMF clicked on 2 of 4.
Southern Maine will host Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match on Saturday (12:00 p.m.). UMF is scheduled to play Green Mountain College on Saturday (2:00 p.m.).