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Southern Maine Downs UMass Dartmouth in OT 10-9

Southern Maine Downs UMass Dartmouth in OT 10-9

Southern Maine Downs UMass Dartmouth in OT 10-9

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Cam Thibault (Scarborough, Maine) scored the game-winning goal 30 second into sudden death overtime to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 10-9 victory over the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Huskies and improved their record to 4-6 overall and 1-3 in the conference.  The Corsairs dropped their second straight match to fall to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in LEC play.

            Thibault got the ball on the left side of the field, made a run into the box and fired a low shot from 15 yards out that beat UMD junior goalie Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass./Bishop Guertin).

            The Corsairs outscored the Huskies 4-1 over the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter to force overtime.  Goals from sophomores Tim Jordan (Sandwich, Mass.) and Josh Souza (Sandwich, Mass.) scored 24 seconds apart to tie the game with 1:50 remaining to set the stage for Thibault.

            Thibault, senior Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable), and juniors Bryce Randall (Portland, Maine/Deering) and Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.) scored two goals apiece for the Huskies.  Sophomore goalie Griffin Hanson (Dover, N.H.) earned the win stopping 12 shots.

            Jordan led all scorers with three goals.  Rookie Zak Wirsen (Bourne, Mass./Bridgton Academy) had two goals, and junior Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) had a goal and an assist.  McCafferty had 12 saves.

            UMD had a 40-30 advantage in shots while USM took the battle for ground balls 32-28.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Wednesday (6 p.m.) hosting Salem State University.  UMass Dartmouth travels to Western Connecticut State University on Wednesday (7 p.m.).