Southern Maine Women's Lacrosse Drops Season Opener at UNE 10-8

Senior Aliza Jordan scored five goals against UNE (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Aliza Jordan scored five goals against UNE (file photo by Jason Johns).
Jordan Scores Five Goals for the Huskies

            BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team opened its 2019 season Thursday afternoon dropping a 10-8 decision to the University of New England in a non-conference game at UNE Blue Bolt Field.

            Senior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) led the Huskies' offensive attack scoring five goals to close to within three of the 100-career goal plateau.  Jordan also had a team-high five ground balls and five draw controls.  Classmate Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) scored twice and had four ground balls and three draw controls.  Junior Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine) had the other USM goal.  Senior goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) was credited with seven saves.

            For the Nor'easters, sophomore Molly Camelo (Melrose, Mass.) led the offense with three goals and one assist for a four-point day.  She also had a team-high five ground balls.  Classmate Keara Dwyer (Cazenovia, N.Y.) found the net on two occasions and dish off one assist, and sophomore Casey Conwell (North Andover, Mass.) scored two goals.  Sophomore goalie Taylor Hopkins (Pelham, N.Y.) recorded five saves to earn the win.

            Southern Maine (0-1) led by a goal on two occasions in the opening half (1-0, 2-1) before UNE put together a string of five consecutive goals in a 10-minute span bridging the last five minutes of the first half and the opening five minutes of the second.

            Fleming gave USM a 1-0 lead just past the eighth-minute mark.  Camelo's first goal midway through the half tied the game.  Jordan gave the Huskies their final lead of the game with 8:28 remaining.

            Two free-position conversions by Conwell inside the final five minutes gave the home side a 3-2 lead at the intermission.

            UNE (1-0) quickly expanded its lead to 5-2 with goals 18 seconds apart from senior Nichole Carvalho (South Kingstown, R.I.) and Dwyer before the second half was two minutes old.  Camelo's second goal of the game pushed the lead to 6-2 with 26:44 remaining.

            Free-position goals from Fleming and Jordan 35 seconds apart closed the gap to 6-4.  Goals by Dwyer and junior Anna Stowell (Sutton, N.H.) restored a four-goal edge for the Nor'easters by the midway point of the half.

            The sides traded goals over the next 12 minutes leaving UNE with a 10-6 lead with 4:07 to play.  A pair of goals 36 seconds apart by Jordan pulled the Huskies within two, 10-8, with 1:18 left, but there would be no miracle comeback for the Huskies.

            Southern Maine is scheduled to open a three-game homestand at Hannaford Field next Wednesday (4 p.m.) against Husson University.  UNE is slated to play at home on Saturday (3 p.m.)  against Maine Maritime Academy.