GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Ryan Foley and sophomore Dylan Kenney each had three goals as the University of Southern Maine Huskies (5-9, 2-4 Little East) defeated lacrosse (2-12, 1-5 Little East) by the final of 11-4 in Little East Conference action Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win improves the Huskies record to 5-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Beacons dropped their fourth straight game to slip to 2-12 overall and 1-5 in the conference. Each team has one conference game remaining.
Rookie Ryan McGoff (Winchester, Mass.) scored three goals, and senior Eric Collins (Somerville, Mass.) had the other tally for the Beacons. Freshman Nate Staples (Salem, Mass.) finished with a team-high eight ground balls and won 10 of 19 faceoffs.
Junior Steve Ribero (Londonderry, N.H.) chipped in a pair of goals, and seniors Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Chris Roop (Gorham, Maine) and sophomore Austin Polisky (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) had one marker apiece for the Huskies. Junior Will Hallisey (Falmouth, Maine/Cheverus) contributed two assists. Senior Willie Joy (Portland, Maine) had a game-high 10 ground balls.
Henry Bristol (South Hadley, Mass.) had an outstanding game stopping 21 shots in the UMB cage. USM junior goalie Ryan Hatch picked up his first win making eight saves. Freshman
Ribero and McGoff traded goals in the opening nine minutes before Foley netted his first goal with 5:35 to go in the first quarter to give the Huskies the lead for good. Foley's goal sparked a run of five consecutive USM goals over the first and second quarters.
The Huskies tallied four goals in less than five minutes to open the second quarter to increase their advantage to 6-1. Thomas and Polisky had the first two goals, and Kenney scored twice 1:32 apart. McGoff and Ribero would trade goals in the final five minutes to leave the Huskies with a 7-2 edge at halftime.
McGoff opened the third quarter with his third goal, but the Huskies responded with the next four goals. Foley had the first two followed by Keeney and Roop finding the net. Collins snapped the run of USM goals with 3:21 to go in the third. That would be the final goal of the game, as neither team would find the net in the final quarter.
Lacrosse will travel to Wheelock College on Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.
Information for this release provided by Southern Maine Sports Information Department)