Swann Hat Trick Leads ECSU Past Southern Maine 6-1

            MANSFIELD, Conn.  --  Senior Sarah Swann (Oxford, Conn.) scored three goals in the first half to lead Eastern Connecticut State University to a 6-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine in Little East Conference women's soccer action Saturday afternoon in Mansfield, Conn.

            The win extends the Warriors' unbeaten streak to four (2-0-2) and lifts their records to 6-3-3 overall and 2-1-1 in the conference.  The Huskies dropped their second straight to slide to 2-10-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the conference.

            Swann netted all three Eastern goals in the opening half to stake the home side to a commanding lead.  The three goals give Swann, the Warriors' top scorer, nine on the season.  She is the 18th player in ECSU history to score three or more goals in a game.

            After the break, USM got on the board in the 51st minute as junior Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, Maine) converted a pass from sophomore Bridget FitzGerald (Concord, N.H./Tilton) for a shot over the Eastern goalkeeper for her fourth goal of the season.

            The Warriors put the game away over the final 30 minutes getting goals from junior Lauren Hickey (Southwick, Mass.) in the 64th minute, senior Kim Church (Farmington, Conn.) in the 72nd minute and sophomore Katelyn Vaughan (Hamden, Conn.) in the 88th minute.  Vaughan also had an assist on the goal by Hickey, and sophomore Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel, Conn.) had two assists in the game.

            Church started in goal for the Warriors recording one save in the opening half.  Sophomore Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford, Conn.) and rookie Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield, Conn./Litchfield) spilt the time in the second half with neither registering a save.  Senior Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) played 74 minutes in goal for USM stopping six shots.  Sophomore Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) played the final 16 minutes without making a save.

            Southern Maine hits the road on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) to play at Colby College.  Eastern Connecticut will host Amherst College under the lights on Thursday (7:00 p.m.).