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Spring Lacrosse Preview

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Posted on March 22, 2016 in Sports
By USM Free Press

By Erin Brown

Southern Maine Huskies Men’s Lacrosse Preview:

After finishing the 2015 season with a 6-7 overall record, the University of Southern Maine’s Men’s Lacrosse team is looking for a change of pace this season. The Huskies have a total of eighteen returning players on their roster including their top scorer from last season, junior Seth Wing (West Gardiner, ME/ Gardiner Area).

Wing was announced captain for his second year in a row, alongside seniors Ryan Jurgelevich (Portland, ME / Portland), Eddie Barrasso (Wilmington, MA / Wilmington), and junior Jaymz McStowe (Plymouth, MA / Plymouth North).

        Five freshman and junior Joe Penna (Saco, ME / Thornton Academy) join the Huskies for the 2016 season. Freshman Paul Leonardo (Groton, MA / Groton-Dunstable) has already made his mark with the team after being named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week.

Leonardo’s strong performance in the Huskies matchup against Maine Maritime Academy, where he scored three of the teams fourteen goals including the game-winning goal, prove him to be a strong contender in the Little East Conference.

        So far, 2016 looks good on the Huskies. They dominated their first two games of play winning 14-6 over Maine Maritime Academy in the season opener and then taking down Husson University 11-3 in their home opener.

        The Huskies host UMass Dartmouth for their next home game on Saturday, April 9th at 1:00 P.M.

Women’s Preview:

        After finishing last season at the Little East Conference Semifinal game against Plymouth State, the University of Southern Maine Women’s lacrosse team is looking forward to heading even further during the 2016 season. The Huskies ended the 2015 season with a 7-12 record and a total of 230 goals scored in those nineteen games.

The Huskies will have eleven players returning to the team, including top scorers from 2015, seniors Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, CT / Southington) and Anh Nguyen (South Portland, ME / South Portland). Pelligrinelli led the team in goals, scoring 54, and came third for assists with 11, totaling 65 points for the season. Nguyen led the team in points with 71, 40 goals and a team high of 31 assists.

        Pelligrinelli and Nguyen were both named captains along with juniors Kaelyn Kuni (Waterboro, ME / Massabesic) and Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, ME / Kents Hill). Nine new players will take the field for the Huskies this season. Including freshman Hannah LaSalle (Humarock, MA / Marshfield), who was named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week.  LaSalle was a force in the Huskies season opener against Husson University. In the 17-2 victory, LaSalle tallied a goal, five draw controls, and six ground balls.

Juniors Sam Campobasso (Buxton, ME / Bonny Eagle) and Lauren Lessard both tallied four goals in Southern Maine’s win over Husson.

        The Huskies will host their next home game Saturday, April 2nd against Eastern Connecticut State University.