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April 13, 2014

Southern Maine Downs M.I.T. in Double OT, 16-15

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) scored 17 seconds into sudden-victory overtime to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies an improbable 16-15, double-overtime win over the M.I.T. Engineers in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            Southern Maine rallied from three goals down in the final 90 seconds to force the game into the first six-minute overtime.  Kelly scored the equalizing goal with 51 seconds remaining in regulation time to cap a three-goal outburst in a span of 37 seconds.

            The win improved the Huskies' overall record to 4-6.  The Engineers dropped their second straight game to slip to 9-5 on the season.

            Kelly paced the Huskies offense scoring five goals.  Junior Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) had four goals, and sophomore Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) added three markers.  Sophomore Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) had a game-high six points on one goal and five assists.  Senior goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) made 15 saves to earn the win.

            For the Engineers, rookie Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa./Princeton Day School) led the way with four goals.  Sophomores Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn./Greenwich Academy) and Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa./Germantown Friends School) scored three goals apiece.  Junior goalie Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va./Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology) recorded seven stops.

            The Huskies never led in the second half, coming from behind three times to tie the game.  Tied 6-6 at halftime, the Engineers took an 8-6 advantage on goals by Schott and Levy in the opening three minutes of the half.  Kelly converted a pair of free-position attempts 70 seconds apart to forge an 8-8 tie.

            DiDio and Levy responded with free-position goals, and Schott tacked on a third straight Engineer goal over the next seven minutes to make it 11-8 for the visitors.  Again the Huskies responded with goals from senior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.), Kelly and Pelligrinelli to level the score at 11-11.

            M.I.T. again ran off three consecutive goals to take a 14-11 edge.  Rookie Erin Green (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North) and Levy converted free-position attempts, and DiDio scored an unassisted marker with 9:02 to play.

            LaPlante snapped the run of Engineer goals, but DiDio converted a free-position attempt with 3:17 to go giving the Engineers a 15-12 lead.

            Pelligrinelli ignited the Huskies late rally with an unassisted goal at 1:28.  LaPlante converted a feed from Nguyen at 1:06 to pull the Huskies within one, and Kelly equalized after taking a feed from Nguyen forcing the teams into extra time.

            Both sides had an opportunity in the first six-minute overtime, but Vogel and Kaplan turned aside those bids.  Moving into sudden-victory, Kelly finally corralled the draw and raced towards goal where she was awarded a free-position attempt.  On the restart, Kelly took a couple of steps and fired a shot past Kaplan for the victory.

            Southern Maine hits the road on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game at Rhode Island College.  M.I.T. will play a NEWMAC game at Emerson College on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.).

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