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Southern Maine scores six extra-man goals but can't knock off Warriors

albertson-tornatore_72_4979.jpgGORHAM, Maine - Eighteen Eastern Connecticut State University penalties resulted in six University of Southern Maine extra-man WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpggoals, but the Warriors survived to post an 18-13 victory in the Little East Conference opener for both schools Saturday at Paula Hodgdon Field.

Above: Grant Albertson (24) and Vinny Tornatore (22) had a hand in 11 of Eastern's 18 goals.

Eastern used a fast start to take a 6-1 lead in the final minute of the first half but was never able to completely shake the Huskies, who capitalized on Eastern's season-high high total of 18 penalties to score six extra-man goals. Four of the man-up goals came in the first half, when Kayle Hamilton beat Eastern freshman goalie Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA) on an assist from Kyle Baker with 67 seconds left to pull Southern Maine as close as it would get, 8-6.

 Junior attack Grant Albertson (New Canaan) recorded personal-bests with five goals, three assists and eight points to carry Eastern (6-2) to its third straight road victory. Southern Maine (2-4) lost its second home game in as many contests.

Senior attack Vinny Tornatore (Norwalk) scored two of his season-high four goals in extra-man situations three minutes apart in the third quarter, and Albertson potted his second goal of the match soon after to give Eastern a 12-7 lead halfway through the third quarter.  Sophomore midfielder Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) also contributed three goals, including the first two of the match 24 seconds apart in the first minute of play.

Berube made 11 saves over the first 53 minutes and left with an 18-10 lead en route to his fifth win in net in six decisions.

Junior faceoff specialist Eric Vasil (Southington) missed the match after coming off the field with a hip injury in the opening minute of Thursday's 11-6 victory at Mount Ida College.

 Eastern visits Plymouth State University Sunday at 12:30 in a conference match to be played at the Holderness School.