Sophomore Brittney Enos
GORHAM, ME-Host Southern Maine scored three late first half goals and Samantha Kiesel made 16 saves to lead the Huskies to a 12-10 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in their Little East Conference women's lacrosse playoff match at Paula Hodgdon Field Tuesday afternoon.
The Corsairs, who trailed, 10-5 with 27:45 remaining, sandwiched a pair of goals by sophomore attacker Brittney Enos (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) and one by senior midfielder Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) around one by Southern Maine's Shelby Turcotte to close to within 11-8 with 18:41 remaining. Jackie Kelly's goal a minute and 50 seconds later gave USM a 12-8 lead. Wonson scored again with 12;23 to play, but UMass Dartmouth couldn't strike again until senior midfielder Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) scored with just six seconds to play.
Rosie Forster and Samantha Purcell gave the Huskies an early 2-0 lead, but sophomore defender Selina Houghton (Billerica, MA/Shawsheen HS) and freshman attacker Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) scored to tie the game with 19:25 left in the first half. Mary Vaughan and Lauren Santo put Southern Maine ahead, 4-2, before Enos scored to make it 4-3. Kelly and Houghton then traded goals before the Huskies increased their lead just prior to halftime.
Enos had three goals and two assists for the Corsairs, while Wonson and Houghton each had two goals. Santo and Kelly each scored three times for USM, while Turcotte and Forster each scored twice.
"We hung tough with the defending conference champions," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "I was proud of our team and the way we played Their goalie was the difference in the game today. We played well and we limited our turnovers, but we weren't able to convert all of our chances, and that was the difference." UMD out shot Southern Maine, 37-35. Corsair sophomore goalie Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 15 saves
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-11 with the defeat, while the Huskies improved to 8-10 with the victory. Southern Maine advanced to a Little East semi-final matchup at Keene State Thursday evening. The game was the final competition of the season for the Corsairs.