GORHAM, Maine – Six different players scored as the University of Southern Maine Huskies' field hockey team earned a key 6-1 win over the Framingham State University Rams in a key Little East Conference game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Southern Maine improves to 5-11 overall, and 4-6 in the Little East Conference. Framingham State drops to 3-12, and 1-9 in the conference.
The Huskies scored three goals in each half en route to their second six-goal game of the season. Southern Maine dominated possession and held a distinct 21-2 advantage in shots, and a 9-1 lead in penalty corners at the conclusion of the game.
Southern Maine took control early when senior Lindsay Jackson (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) put the Huskies ahead in the third minute. In the 10th minute, sophomore Kaylee Leclerc (Jay, Maine/Spruce Mountain) made it 2-0 in favor of the Huskies, before junior Brooke Dugan (Thomaston, Maine/Oceanside) laced in a shot off of a rebound to make it 3-0 in favor of the Huskies in the 19th minute. Framingham State broke up the shutout bid before the end of the half, when junior Sydney Buono (Ashburnham, Mass./Cushing Academy) cleaned up a rebounded save in the 26th minute to make it 3-1 at the break.
Husky senior Tayla Smedberg (Oxford, Maine/Oxford Hills) put USM ahead 4-1 in the 46th minute, before junior Kerigan Demers (Westbrook, Maine) and freshman Olivia Brown (Palmyra, Maine/Nokomis) scored back-to-back goals in the 55th and 58th minute for the 6-1 final.
Southern Maine freshmen goalkeepers McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) and Anna Huff (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) split time in goal. Cormier earned the start and played 35 minutes, making one save and allowing one goal. Huff closed out the game, and did not face a shot in the final 35. FSU junior Haley Dugan (Framingham, Mass.) made 12 saves for the Rams in the loss.
Southern Maine returns to action on Thursday (3:30 pm) hosting Bates College in a non-conference game. Framingham State travels to Nichols on Thursday (4:00 pm) in a non-conference.