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St. Joseph's Pulls Away in Second Half, Downs USM 15-7

Junior Bryce Randall (white jersey) had one goal Monday afternoon against St. Joseph's (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Bryce Randall (white jersey) had one goal Monday afternoon against St. Joseph's (file photo by Jason Johns).
Huskies Travel to Plymouth State on Wednesday

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Michael Finn (Quincy, Mass.) scored seven goals and passed out two assists for St. Joseph's College as the Monks pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 15-7 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in non-conference men's lacrosse action Monday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The win was the eighth consecutive for the Monks, and improved their overall mark to 9-2.  The Huskies dropped their second straight to fall below .500 at 3-4.

            Tied 6-6 at halftime, the Monks scored nine goals, including five from Finn, in the final 30 minutes while holding the Huskies to just one marker.  The Monks scored the first three goals of the third quarter before the Huskies found the net in the final second.  However, that would be the final goal for the home side as the Monks pulled away in the final quarter scoring six unanswered goals.

            Senior captain Paul Leonardo (Groton, Maine/Groton-Dunstable) led USM with one goal and two assists.  Rookie Nick James (Portland, Maine/Deering) and junior Bryce Randall (Portland, Maine/Deering) each had a goal and one assist.

            Complementing Finn at the other end were sophomore Brandon Martin (Nashua, N.H.) with three goals, and senior Tyler Retalic  (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Zack Hamilton (Pepperell, Mass.) with two goals apiece.  Senior Daniel Cunningham (West Islip, N.Y.) dished out three assists.

            Sophomore goalie Logan Skinner (Irving Texas) earned his ninth win of the season for the Monks making 11 saves.  Freshman Alex Bonin (South Berwick, Maine), making his first career start for USM, stopped 12 shots.

            St. Joseph's had a 45-36 edge in shots while Southern Maine won the battle of the ground balls 35-25.  SJC sophomore long-stick middie Alex Osmanski (Abington, Mass.) led all players with eight ground ball.  USM sophomore long-stick middie Robby Pini (Natick, Mass.) led the Huskies with seven ground balls.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Wednesday (6 p.m.) traveling to Plymouth State University for a Little East Conference match.  The game will be played at New Hampton School.  Saint Joseph's will host Anna Maria College on Saturday (1 p.m.).