Southern Maine Shuts Out UMaine Farmington in Women's Lax Action

Senior Colleen Fleming (photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Colleen Fleming (photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Shuts Out UMaine Farmington

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) scored a game-high seven points to lead the University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team to a 19-0 victory over visiting University of Maine Farmington in non-conference action Thursday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The victory evened the Huskies overall record at 1-1 on the season.  The game was the season opener for the Beavers.

            Jordan scored three goals and dished off four assists to account for her seven points.  Jordan's third goal, coming on a free-position attempt with 6:51 remaining in the first half, was the 100th of her USM career.  She becomes the 10th player in the history of the program to reach that milestone.

            Junior Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) and rookie Rachel Shanks (Naples, Maine/Lake Region) shared game-high goal-scoring honors as each found the net four times.  Rookie Lindsey Keenan (Naples, Maine/Lake Region) had a pair of goals and two assists, and senior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) had a pair of goals.  Fleming also led all players with six draw controls.

            The Huskies employed all three goalies on the roster.  Senior Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) started and earned the win without making a stop.  Sophomore Mariah Vaillancourt (Lewiston, Maine/Edward Little) took over with 13:30 to play in the first half and stopped two shots in 28:34 of playing time.  Senior Miriam Wood (Wakefield, Mass.) played the final 14:56 and did not record a save.  The shutout was the fourth in the history of the program, and the first since the Huskies blanked the Beavers in 2009.

            UMF senior Heather Boland (Griswold, Conn.) and rookie Lydia Wasina (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) split the goaltending duties with each playing a half.  Boland stopped five shots in the opening half.  Wasina came on after halftime to register three saves.  Sophomore Isabella Monbouquette (Bath, Maine) and senior Nicole Mercier (Shapleigh, Maine/Massabesic) each had three ground balls for the Beavers.

            Southern Maine dominated the stat sheet outshooting UMF 33-4 and controlling the center circle winning 17 of 20 draws.

            Keenan and junior Ruth Nadeau (Bath, Maine) gave the home side a 2-0 lead before the game was a minute old.  Keenan and Shanks scored off feed from Jordan within a span of 15 seconds to double the advantage before the teams had played three minutes.

            The Huskies head to Clearwater, Fla., for their next two games, playing Endicott College on Sunday (10 :30 a.m.) and Albright College on Tuesday (10 a.m.).  The Beavers head to Husson University on Saturday (3:30 p.m.).