Southern Maine Women's Lax Opens LEC Play with 16-8 Win at Eastern Connecticut

Senior Colleen Fleming scored a career high six goals against Eastern Connecticut (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Colleen Fleming scored a career high six goals against Eastern Connecticut (file photo by Jason Johns).
Fleming Scores Career High Six Goals

            MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Senior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) scored a career-high six goals to lead the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 16-8 victory over the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game Saturday afternoon at Rick McCarthy Field.

            The win was the second straight for the Huskies and evened their overall record at 3-3.  The winless Warriors dropped their ninth consecutive game.  The game was the conference opener for both sides.

            Fleming finished the game with seven points as she added an assist to her six goals, four ground balls and four draw controls.  Senior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) and rookie Rachel Shanks (Naples, Maine/Lake Region) each had two goals and one assist.  Jordan also had a game-high seven draw controls.

            Sophomore Alex Farley (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and freshman Taylor Rinaldi (Freeport, Maine) had two goals apiece, and freshman Lindsey Keenan (Naples, Maine/Lake Region) had three points on a goal and two assists.

            Senior goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) earned her third win of the season making six saves and scooping up six ground balls.

            Junior Madison Renaud (Somers, Conn.) led the Warriors' offense with three goals and one assist, and senior Michelina Pinto (Groton, Conn./R./E. Fitch) scored twice.  Senior goalie Jessica Purick (Riverhead, N.Y.) registered 14 saves in a losing effort.

            After spotting Eastern a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes, the Huskies scored seven consecutive goals over a span of 12 minutes to take charge, 7-2.  Jordan and Fleming each had two goals in the surge.  Goals by Renaud and Pinto cut the deficit to 7-4, but the Huskies outscored the Warriors 3-2 over the final six minutes to pull into the break up 10-6.

            An unassisted goal by sophomore Olivia Donahue (Avon, Conn.) to open the second half cut the Huskies' lead to 10-7.  The Huskies responded by running off five straight goals to expand their lead to 15-7.  Fleming had the first three goals in this surge, and Rinaldi netted the last two.

            The Huskies racked up a 34-20 advantage in shots and a 27-18 margin in ground balls during the game.

            Southern Maine returns home to Hannaford Field after four straight road games on Wednesday (6 p.m.) hosting Wellesley College.  Eastern Connecticut hosts Worcester State University for a non-conference game on Tuesday (5 p.m.).