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Southern Maine Shuts Down Fitchburg State 2-0

FITCHBURG, Mass.  –  Junior forward Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine/Hebron Academy) scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season just two minutes into the second half to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-0 win over the Fitchburg State University Falcons in a Little East Conference field hockey Saturday afternoon at Elliot Field in Fitchburg, Mass.

         Southern Maine improves 8-10 with the win and 5-5 in the Little East.  Suffering its second straight loss, Fitchburg State dips to 7-8 overall and 4-6 in the Little East. 

         After a scoreless first half, Bubier broke through in the 37th minute picking up a loose ball in front of the Falcons net and beat goalkeeper Taylor Begin (Haverhill, Mass.).  The Huskies added an insurance goal in the 55th minute as senior forward Whitney McDaniel (Livermore, Maine/Livermore Falls) increased the USM advantage to 2-0 with her fourth goal of the season.  Sophomore forward Ariel Kaplan (South Berwick, Maine/Winthrop) was credited with the assist. 

         Begin made eight saves for the Falcons in the loss.   USM sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine/Windham) made nine saves for the Huskies to earn her sixth shutout of the season.  Freshmen Emily Garry (York, Maine) and Eryn Nelson (Old Town, Maine) each had a defensive save. 

         Southern Maine travels to New England College on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.).  Fitchburg State travels to Lasell on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).