LEC Women's Lax Tournament: #2 USM to Face #3 Western Connecticut on Friday

Senior Colleen Fleming and the Huskies take on Western Connecticut in the LEC Tournament semifinals on Friday (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Colleen Fleming and the Huskies take on Western Connecticut in the LEC Tournament semifinals on Friday (file photo by Jason Johns).

Little East Conference Tournament

Southern Maine to Face Western Connecticut in LEC Semifinals

            GORHAM, Maine -- The second-seeded University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team now knows who its opponent will be for this Friday's (May 3) semifinal match in the 2019 Little East Conference Championship Tournament.  The Huskies will face the third-seeded Western Connecticut State University Colonials in a match played at top-seeded and final four host Plymouth (N.H.) State University.

            Western Connecticut advanced to the semifinals with a 16-4 win over sixth-seeded Castleton University in a first-round game Tuesday afternoon.

            The Huskies and Colonials played a spirited, high-scoring 21-18 regular-season game on April 20 at USM's Hannaford Field.  The playoff match-up will be the fourth between the two teams, and first since 2016 when sixth-seeded USM upset third-seeded WestConn in overtime 10-9.  USM leads the all-time series 12-10.

            Top-seeded Plymouth State takes on the winner of tonight's other first-round game between fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University and fourth-seeded Keene State College.

            Senior midfielder Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) leads USM's high scoring attack with 86 points on 57 goals and 29 assists.  Freshman attack Lindsey Keenan (Naples, Maine/Lake Region) is next on the scoresheet with 52 points on 29 goals and 23 assists.  Senior Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) and junior Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) have each found the net 25 times.  USM came into this week's tournament averaging 14.50 goals per game, tops in the LEC.

            WestConn came into Tuesday's first-round game against Castleton as the third highest scoring team in the conference averaging 14.12 goals.  The Colonials were just a fraction behind Keene State in scoring offense (14.14-14.12).  The Colonials are led by senior Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, Conn.), the LEC's scoring leader, with 102 points on 50 goals and 52 assists.  Junior Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, Conn.) leads the LEC in goal scoring with 75 and has 97 points on the season.  Sophomore Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, Mass.) complements this high-scoring duo adding 73 points on 52 goals and 21 assists, and senior Samantha Lawlor (Brookfield, Conn.) has 48 points.

            Likely to be in goal facing these two high-octane attacks will be senior Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) for USM and sophomore Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, N.Y.) for WestConn.

            The winners of Friday's two semifinal games will meet on Saturday for the conference title and the automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.


2019 Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament

First Round, Tuesday, April 30 (at higher seeded team)

Game 1

#3 Western Connecticut  16    #6 Castleton  4


Game 2

#4 Keene State  17     #5 Eastern Connecticut  5



Semifinals, Friday, May 3 (at Plymouth State University)

Game 3

#1 Plymouth State vs. #4 Keene State

1:00 p.m.

Game 4

#2 Southern Maine vs. #3 Western Connecticut

4:00 p.m.


Championship Game, Saturday, May 4 (at Plymouth State University

Game 5

Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

1:00 p.m.