Southern Maine Women 's Lax Falls at Plymouth State 10-7

Junior Allison Irish had two goals for USM against Plymouth State (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Allison Irish had two goals for USM against Plymouth State (file photo by Jason Johns).

(With contributions from Plymouth State Sports Information)

Southern Maine Falls at Plymouth State 10-7

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- In a battle of unbeaten Little East Conference women's lacrosse teams, the University of Southern Maine fell to Plymouth State University 10-7 Wednesday evening at Kennedy Field at the New Hampton School.

            Winners in their last two games, the Panthers improved to 6-5 overall and take over sole possession of first place in the conference with a 4-0 mark.  The Huskies had their three-game winning streak stopped by the loss.  The Huskies slip to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in conference action.

            Senior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) led the Huskies with two goals and two assists.  Junior Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) added two goals.  Senior goalkeeper Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) made 13 saves.

            Junior Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional) had three goals to lead the Panthers' offense.  Classmate Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) added two goals and two assists, and seniors Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex Regional) and Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) each had two goals and one assist.  Sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) made five saves.

            After surrendering the game's first goal to USM junior Megan Violette (Portland, Maine/Deering), the Panthers scored the game's next five goals to take a 5-1 lead less than nine minutes into the game.

            The Huskies regrouped to mount a comeback over the final 20 minutes holding the Panthers scoreless while trimming three goals off the deficit on goals from Jordan, Irish and freshman Evelyn Hinkley (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area).

            A goal from Dubois gave the Panthers a two-goal edge (6-4) with 25:38 to play.  The Huskies responded with goals from Jordan and rookie Lindsey Keenan (Naples, Maine/Lake Region) tied the game midway through the second stanza.

            Zuccaro's goal with 9:16 to play snapped the 6-6 tie, and goals from Daniels and Dubois 21 seconds apart pushed the lead to 9-6.  A marker from senior Sarah Thompson (Hookset, N.H./Manchester Central) made it 10-6 before Irish netted the game's final goal.

            The home side had a huge 37-19 advantage in shots, and a 29-23 edge in ground balls.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (12 p.m.) hosting Western Connecticut State University.  Plymouth State hosts Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday (11 a.m.).