Warriors drop 16-10 LEC decision to Southern Maine, now 1-5 this season away from home field
GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine scored three extra-man goals, outscoring Eastern Connecticut State University by six goals to snap a halftime tie in a 16-10 Little East Conference victory Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
At left: Erin Conn
The loss is the sixth in the last seven games for Eastern (4-10, 2-3 Little East) and only the second loss in 16 LEC contests to Southern Maine (10-5, 4-0 Little East) for the Warriors, who dropped their fifth road game in six tries.
Southern Maine's only previous win in the series came in a 15-14 road victory over the host Warriors in the 2010 LEC playoff final. The Huskies had won their three previous LEC games this year by a total of five goals.
Southern Maine never trailed after tying the match in the first eight minutes, and Eastern tied the match once, 6-6 on senior midfielder Daniela Marchittos' (Orange) unassisted goal two minutes into the second half.
Leading 10-8, the hosts pulled away by scoring five straight goals in a span of 11 minutes, two coming on free-position shots when the Huskies held the man advantage.. Sarah Pelligrinelli converted two of her team's goals in that stretch.
Rosie Forster and Cyr helped USM to a 16-10 advange by combining to win 12 draw controls.
Marchitto and junior attack Christine Lillis (Waterford) led Eastern with three goals apiece, Lillis coming off the bench in the match and also adding an assist. Junior attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won five draws and senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) three. Marchitto and senior midfielder Christina Rully (Orange) each had four ground balls.
. The top six teams in the final conference standings qualify for the LEC playoffs, which get underway a week from Tuesday. Plymouth State University and Southern Maine share the top spot in the conference, with Western Connecticut State University and Keene State College at 2-2. UMass Dartmouth and Rhode Island College at winless.
Eastern hosts Western Connecticut in its final regular-season match of the season.