Southern Maine Women's Lax Rides Big First Half to Down Salem State 12-4

Junior goalie Hala Van Nostrand made eight saves in USM's 12-4 win over Salem State (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior goalie Hala Van Nostrand made eight saves in USM's 12-4 win over Salem State (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Rides Big First Half to Down Salem State 12-4

            GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) scored five goals and had an assist to pace the University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team to a 12-4 victory over Salem State University in a non-conference game played in rainy conditions Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The win was the second straight, and fourth in the last five games, for the Huskies and improved their overall record to 5-3.  The Vikings, who snapped a six-game losing skid with an 18-5 win in their previous game against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, slip to 1-7 on the season.

            Jordan scored three times in the opening 25 minutes as the Huskies methodically built a 7-0 lead.  Junior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) and sophomores Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic), Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine) and Taylor Colangelo (Windham, Maine) tallied the other markers.

            Junior Chelsea Smith (Tewksbury, Mass.) got the Vikings on the board with 4:36 left in the half.  Irish tallied her second goal inside of two minutes to play to make it 8-1 at the break.

            Irish and Jordan pushed the Huskies' lead to 10-1 in the opening two minutes of the second stanza before the offenses for both side slowed.  Salem State senior Courtney Smith (Peabody, Mass.) and USM rookie Alex Farley (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) traded goals at 21:47 and 20:18 respectively to make it 11-2.

            There would be no further scoring until senior Bridget Lawless (Swampscott, Mass.) and sophomore Isabel Silva (Lowell, Mass.) scored for the Vikings with less than seven minutes to play.  Jordan closed out the scoring with her fifth goal of the game with 1:28 remaining.

            Irish finished with three goals while Colangelo added a goal and two assists.  Fleming and Nadeau each had a goal and an assist.  Junior goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) finished with eight saves.

            Courtney Smith was the lone multiple-point scorer for the Vikings notching a goal and an assist.  Rookie Casie Curtin (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip Regional) led all players with six ground balls.

            The Vikings employed two goalies in the game.  Freshman Gianna DeNisco (Peabody, Mass.) started and allowed 11 goals while making six saves in 39:42 of action.  Classmate Gloria Gillen (East Bridgewater, Mass./East Bridgewater) came on to play the final 20:18 surrendering one goal and stopping four shots.

            Southern Maine heads to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday (1 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game.  Salem State host MASCAC foe Westfield State University under the lights Saturday evening (6 p.m.).