April 16, 2013



Gorham, Maine-Behind three key second-half goals by freshman midfielder Anh Nguyen (South Portland, ME), the University of Southern Maine Huskies women’s lacrosse team came from behind to defeat the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen, 13-10, in Little East Conference action at Hannaford Field on Tuesday afternoon.


With the win, the Huskies improve to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Meanwhile, the Anchorwomen have dropped three straight contests and slide to 4-7 overall and 0-4 in the LEC.


RIC sophomore attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) scored a game-high five goals to lead the Anchorwomen. Junior attacker Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, RI) added four goals of her own to go along with one assist. Junior defender Cassy Arines (Warwick, RI) chipped in with four ground balls and a team-high four caused turnovers.



 Sophomore attacker Jessica Ricci


Nguyen finished with three goals and an assist, while junior midfielder Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, ME) also added three goals to lead Southern Maine offensively. Senior attacker Lauren Santo (Salem, NH) and sophomore midfielder Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, ME) each scored two goals, while junior midfielder Rosie Forster (Andover, MA) scored a goal, dished out a game-high two assists and picked up a game-high nine ground balls. Kelly also had six ground balls for the Huskies.


Southern Maine junior goalkeeper Kim Vogel (Sanford, ME) earned the win (8-4) making eight saves. On the other end, RIC junior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) had a tremendous day making 18 saves in a losing effort (4-7).


Down 9-6 with less than 10 minutes remaining, Nguyen scored an unassisted, man-down goal with 8:06 remaining to cut the Anchorwomen lead to two. After RIC called a timeout, Nguyen marched down the field and scored another unassisted, man-down goal to pull the Huskies within one, 9-8, with 7:32 remaining.


Forster then swept into the Anchorwomen zone from the left side and scored 1:35 later to tie the score, 9-9, at the 5:57 mark. Nguyen put Southern Maine on top, 10-9, 24 seconds later when she took a pass from Forster and beat Carbone to complete her first career hat trick.


Kelly scored her third goal, off an assist from Nguyen, less than a minute later to give the Huskies some insurance, making it, 11-9.


Ricci pulled the Anchorwomen within one, 11-10, on an unassisted goal with 2:17 left, but Southern Maine senior midfielder Samantha Purcell (Durham, ME) answered at the 1:26 mark off a nice pass from Forster and freshman attacker Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, CT) scored the Huskies’ final goal with 1:01 remaining to secure the, 13-10, win.


In the opening half, Ricci and Signoriello each scored three times to give the Anchorwomen a 6-3 edge before LaPlante and Kelly converted free-position attempts to cut the margin to 6-5 at the break.


RIC pushed the lead to three in the opening 13 minutes of the second half on goals by Ricci, Signoriello and junior defense Sophie Kanno (Cranston, RI), while USM could only counter with a marker from Santo.


Southern Maine outshot Rhode Island College, 42-26, while holding a 32-22 advantage in ground balls.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Simmons on Saturday, April 20 (noon).