The USM Lady Huskies staged a comeback bid in the second half but were ultimately held off by Bowdoin College on Tuesday evening, 63-55. The Polar Bears took over the #1 national ranking and are now 4-0 on the season, while USM drops to 2-2. USM was held scoreless for much of the first half, missing their first 14 shot attempts. They finally got on the board at 7:54 when freshman Trisha Sylvain (Weare, NH) made a free throw. Junior Meg Myles (Auburn, ME) had 17 points and freshman Amanda Bryant (Lewiston, ME) had 10 coming off the bench. The Huskies hosted Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday (after press time) in their first Little East Conference match of the season.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
The Huskies dropped their third game of the season on Tuesday when they hosted the White Mules of Colby College who blanked the Huskies 4-0 in a non-conference match played in Gorham. Sophomore forward Jennifer McAleer (Dublin, NH) scored two goals and added an assist for the Mules. Freshman defenseman Marissa Mullane (Wallingford, CT) and senior Mallory Young (Hanover, NH) scored the other two goals for Colby. Freshman netminder Genevieve Triganne (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) had 15 saves for the White Mules while her counterpart, Southern Maine sophomore goalie Jen Arno (Westford, MA) had 35 saves on the night. Colby moves to 2-1-0 on the season, while USM drops to 1-3-0.
The Huskies traveled to Brunswick on Tuesday where they took on the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College in a non-conference match. The Polar Bears featured five players ending the night in double digits as they handled the Huskies by a score of 86-70. Junior Kyle Petrie (Iowa City, IA) had 18 points and eight rebounds while freshman teammate Andrew Hippert (Spencer, MA) added 18 of his own. USM seniors Mike Francoeur (Somersworth, NH) and Jason Levecque (Westbrook, ME) had 17 points apiece for the Huskies, who fell to 2-3 on the season. Bowdoin moved to 2-1.
Men’s Ice Hockey:
Sophomore transfer goaltender David Beckles (Stamford, CT) made 40 saves on 42 shots on Friday as the Huskies upset the Williams College Ephman in Gorham. This is the first time USM has defeated Williams in the 10-game history of the two teams. After a scoreless first, Williams grabbed a two-goal lead in a span of 25 seconds to put the Ephman in control. Sophomore Bobby Siers (Mt. Prospect, IL) cut the lead in half for the Huskies with a rebound goal off a shot by sophomore Marc Santuccio (Gloucester, MA). Junior Ryan Wright (Eliot, ME) tied the game five minutes into the first with an unassisted goal. Just two-and-a-half minutes later, the Huskies took their first lead of the game as freshman Brett Kapteina (Stamford, CT) put a shot past Williams sophomore netminder Brad Shirley (Hanover, NH). Beckles was able to withstand any pressure for the remainder of the game and USM won the contest with a 3-2 decision, improving their record to 3-2-1 overall on the season.