GORHAM, Maine – Senior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and sophomore Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) added a goal and an assist to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 3-1 win over the Johnson and Wales University Wildcats in a non-conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Southern Maine takes the split over the weekend and evens its record to 1-1. Johnson & Wales slips to 0-2 with the loss. The game marked the first ever meeting between the two schools in field hockey action.
After a scoreless first half, Redman put the Huskies on the scoreboard first scoring just three minutes into the third quarter, redirecting a pass from Ellis for her first goal of the season. The Wildcats answered right back, however, and tied the game up in the 38th minute when sophomore Jillian Miele (Wilmington, Mass.) tallied an unassisted goal beating USM's defense and goalkeeper with a shot from a tough angle for her first goal of the season.
Redman struck again in the third quarter putting USM up 2-1 with just 50 seconds remaining in the third. This time Redman took a slotted centering pass from sophomore Mikayla Bourassa (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) for the game winner with her second goal of the game and 10th of her career.
JWU pressured for another equalizer in the fourth quarter, outshooting the Huskies 5-2, while out-cornering USM 5-0, but Ellis gave the Huskies an insurance goal in the 57th minute with an unassisted goal for the 3-1 final.
USM sophomore Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) made four saves in the win. JWU goalkeepers junior Grace Pendergast (Berlin, Mass./Tahanto Regional) started and played the first 30 minutes and made five saves. Freshman Madison Flaxington (Lincoln, R.I.) played the next 30 and made five saves an allowed all three goals.
Southern Maine hosts UMaine Farmington in a non-conference game on Wednesday, September 4 (6:00 pm) at Hannaford Field.