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Big 2nd Half Gives USM 19-9 Win Over Salem State

Senior Sam Campobasso equaled her season-high with eight points (3g, 5a) in USM's win over Salem State on Wednesday.
Senior Sam Campobasso equaled her season-high with eight points (3g, 5a) in USM's win over Salem State on Wednesday.

Huskies Travel to Eastern Conn. on Saturday

            SALEM, Mass. -- The visiting University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team used a big second half to defeat the Salem State University Vikings 19-9 in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.

            Tied 6-6 at halftime, the Huskies outscored the Vikings 13-3 in the second half to earn their sixth win of the campaign against two losses.  The Vikings fall to 2-6 on the season.

            In the second half, the Huskies went up 10-8 with 20 minutes remaining before going on a decisive run of six consecutive goals to double up on the Vikings 16-8.  Rookie Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) opened and closed the run of Husky goals.  Rookie Megan Violette (Portland, Maine/Deering), sophomores Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) and Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine), and freshman Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine) had the four goals between.

            Senior Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had a big game for the Huskies leading the offense with eight points on three goals and five assists.  Jordan added four goals, and Irish had a hat trick.  Senior Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill), junior Aubrey Pennell (Freeport, Maine) and Nadeau score two goals apiece.  Sophomore goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) earned her fifth win of the season making six saves.

            Rookie Kaitlyn Palmer (Verona, N.Y.) led the Vikings netting three goals.  Sophomore Chelsea Smith (Tewksbury, Mass.) and senior Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass.) each had two goals.  Freshman goalie Karlie McLear (Paxton, Mass.) recorded 12 saves.

            Southern Maine built a 4-1 lead in the opening 10 minutes of the game, and led 5-2 with 13:21 remaining in the half after a Pennell goal.  Palmer's free-position goal sparked a run of three straight Salem State goals that tied the game 5-5.  Campobasso regained the lead with a free-position goal, but Woodin found the net in the final minute to tie the score again.

            Nadeau and Campobasso scored in the opening three minutes of the second half to give the Huskies the lead (8-6) for good.  After a Palmer free-position goal pulled the Vikings within one, Lessard and Jordan scored to give USM a three-goal lead (10-7).  Junior Courtney Smith's (Peabody, Mass.) goal with 20:15 made it 10-8 setting the stage for the Huskies' decisive run.

            Southern Maine rolled up a 38-18 advantage in shots, and both team earned 26 ground balls.  The Vikings had a 16-14 edge in draw controls.  The Huskies took 14 free-position shots compared to four by the Vikings.

            Southern Maine finally gets to open Little East Conference play this Saturday (2:00 p.m.) traveling to Eastern Connecticut State University.  Salem State travels to Westfield State University on Saturday (7:00 p.m.) for a MASCAC match. 

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