By: David Sanok
In what was easily their strongest performance of the season, the USM Huskies women’s lacrosse team defeated the UMaine Farmington Beavers 24-4. With this win, the Huskies improve their record to 3-5, while the Beavers drop to 2-7.
Offensively, it was a total team effort as 11 different players contributed to the 24 points for the Huskies. “I was extremely proud of how everyone played together as a team” said Head Coach Lauren Reid. “I was worried about our team playing on outdoor grass because we had spent almost all of our practices indoors since the weather this past month has been all rain and snow. But they did a great job shaking off the rust and easily played their best game of the season thus far.”
It was certainly a convincing win for the Huskies for not only did the team play their best game all year, the Huskies achieved a team milestone by scoring 24 points. “It’s special when you’re able to play at the top of your game and break your own team record,” said Coach Reid. “When I announced that stat to the team during postgame, I could tell they felt really proud of themselves–as they should be. Hopefully this win will help build team confidence for the rest of year and put us back on track to a winning season.”
The leading scorers for the Huskies were senior Rosie Forster and freshman Sam Campobasso who each scored three points and two assists. USM seniors Jenna Cyr and Shelby Turcotte and sophomore Sarah Pelligrinelli also added three points each.
Defensively it was a solid but unproductive day for the Huskies. “We did an outstanding job limiting UMF’s time of possession, which is partly why they had such few shots on our goal,” said Coach Reid. “It’s unusual for us because most of the time it’s our defense that is doing most of the work, but today was the opposite.”
The Huskies surrendered only four points the entire game, but for Coach Reid the defense still did not play as cleanly as she would’ve liked. “We committed too many penalties that allowed UMF to score those points,” said Coach Reid. “If we want to keep winning, we need to work on hitting the opposing players’ lacrosse sticks without hitting their bodies.”
The women’s lacrosse team will next play against Bowdoin on USM’s Hannaford Field in Gorham at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday April 17.