Southern Maine Downs New England College 24-18
HENNIKER, N.H. -- Senior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) equaled her career-highs for goals scored (8) and points (9) in a single game, and set school single-game records for ground balls and draw controls, as the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies outlasted the New England College Pilgrims 24-18 in a non-conference women's lacrosse match Wednesday afternoon at Don Melander Field.
The win was the second straight, and fourth in the last five games, for the Huskies, improving their overall record to 5-4. The Pilgrims had their three-game win streak snapped and fell to 7-4.
Jordan equaled her single-game goals scored mark set last year against New England College. Her 14 draw controls eclipsed the previous mark of 13 set by Rosie Forster in 2013, and her 12 ground balls surpassed the mark of 10 shared by Erica Robertson (2009) and Katie Quartuccio (2008).
The Huskies also equaled their team single-game record for goals scored (24), achieving that total for the fourth time in the 27-year history of the program.
Jordan got plenty of support at the offensive end as rookie Lindsey Keenan (Naples, Maine/Lake Region) tallied four goals and three assists for her third seven-point game of the season. Juniors Megan Violette (Portland, Maine/Deering) and Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) added four and three goals, respectively.
USM split the goaltending duties as sophomore Mariah Vaillancourt (Lewiston, Maine/Edward Little) and senior Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) each played a half. Vaillancourt played the opening half allowing eight goals and making six saves. Van Nostrand surrendered 10 goals and stopped six shots in the second half.
For NEC, senior Tara Bainbridge (South Hadley, Mass.) led all scorers with 13 points on 10 goals and three assists. Bainbridge broke her own NEC single-game mark for points, and equaled her single-game record for goals. Senior Alana Scott (Huntington, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union) and freshman Sofia Castriotta (Framingham, Mass./Hebron Academy) each had two goals for the Pilgrims. Scott also had two assists.
Sophomore goalie McKenzie Gallasso (South Windsor, Conn.) recorded 13 saves.
Southern Maine outshot NEC 47-39 while the Pilgrims won the battle for ground balls 49-38. USM had a 25-19 advantage on draw controls. A key for the Huskies was their conversion on 8-of-11 free-position attempts.
Down 4-3 after Bainbridge's 62nd goal of the season, the Huskies strung together five consecutive goals to take the lead (8-4) for good. Irish ignited the outburst, followed by two goals from Violette and two more from Jordan. The Pilgrims never got closer than two (11-9) the rest of the way as the teams traded goals. The Huskies biggest lead was seven on three occasions.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday (12 p.m.) hosting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a Little East Conference game. The Pilgrims will host Becker College in an NECC game on Saturday (12 p.m.).