GORHAM, Maine – Senior Lindsay Jackson (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) scored her first goal of the season in the 38th minute and the Huskies' defense stood strong the rest of the way as the University of Southern Maine Huskies earned a come-from-behind win over the Manhattanville College Valiants Sunday afternoon in a non-conference field hockey game at Hannaford Field.
Trailing 1-0 early in the first half, Southern Maine scored a pair of unanswered goals to earn its first win of the season and improve to 1-2. Manhattanville suffers its fourth consecutive loss and remains winless at 0-4.
Manhattanville took an 1-0 lead in the nine minute of the game when senior Lisa Maxwell (Wassenaar, Netherlands/Maerlant Lyceum) collected a rebound and put the ball into the cage. With both teams playing even, recording four shots each in the opening half, Southern Maine remained behind the Valiants by the Maxwell goal until the 24th minute. USM freshman Olivia Brown (Palmyr, Maine/Nokomis) put together a strong individual effort carrying the ball down the right side of the field before cutting into the circle. Once within range, Brown made two moves around Valiant defenders and let go a shot that slipped past Manhattanville senior goalkeeper Kaitlin Halloran (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) for the equalizer. The goal was the first of Brown's intercollegiate career.
The score remained 1-1 through the half. In the second half, USM picked up its offensive intensity, breaking through for the go-ahead goal. Recording a pair of shots in the circle, Jackson collected her own rebound and slotted the ball into the cage for the game-winner. USM outshot the Valiants 14-7 for the game and 10-3 for the second half and had an 8-4 lead in penalty corners. The Huskies also received an outstanding defensive effort from sophomore Makayla Garvin (Springvale, Maine/Sanford). USM freshman goalkeeper Anna Huff (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) made two saves in the win. Halloran made nine saves for Manhattanville.
Southern Maine takes on UMaine Farmington on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game at Hannaford Field. Manhattanville returns to action on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) at home against St. Thomas Aquinas.