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March 23, 2013

Nine-goal second half propels UMF past Becker, 13-5

LEICESTER, Mass. -- Sophomore attacker Maddi Kadnar (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) scored six goals with two assists to lead visiting University of Maine at Farmington to a 13-5 win over host Becker College in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday at Alumni Field. The Beavers of UMaine-Farmington even their record at 2-2, while the Hawks of Becker fell to 1-4.

Down 5-3 late in the first half, ten unanswered goals saw UMaine-Farmington surge to the win. Nine of those came in the second half for the Beavers, who held the Hawks scoreless over the final 30 minutes of play.

UMF freshman midfielder Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) contributed three goals and an assist, while freshman midfielder Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) added two goals and an assist.

Becker junior attacker Ashley Mossey had a hat trick with three goals to lead Becker.

The Beavers struck first just 1:23 into the game when Kadnar drove towards the goal and finished, with the assist going to Balboni. Becker freshman attacker knotted the game at two with 24:09 left in the first period on an unassisted free-position shot. Just 43 seconds later, Mossey gave the Hawks their first lead of the game, taking it in herself as Becker went up 2-1. With 12:28 remaining in the half, Kadnar took advantage of a critical turnover deep in Becker territory, scooping up the ground ball and scoring to tie the game. It took the Hawks just 35 seconds to get that goal back, as Mossey scored off an assist from sophomore attacker Mindy Moreau to put Becker back up 3-2. With 8:22 left in the period, Balboni scored off a free position, and the game was once again tied.

The half's final minutes saw a flurry of scoring. Becker junior attacker Samantha-Jo Dilkes stole the ball away from UMaine-Farmington in the backfield, passing to freshman midfielder Rachel Welling who made a move and scored for the second goal of her young career, giving the Hawks a 4-3 lead with the clock at 2:30. Mossey completed the hat trick in the first half with 1:07 remaining, taking it in unassisted.

Allen answered just 13 seconds later to pull the Beavers to within one, but Becker freshman goalie Shelby Wicks came up strong in the final seconds of the period as the Beavers tried desperately to tie the game going into halftime.

As the second half began, UMaine-Farmington's offense quickly exploded, outscoring Becker 9-0 after the break.

After Allen scored her second goal of the game just 1:13 in with an assist to Kadnar to tie it at 5-5, the Beavers took the lead just 38 seconds later off Kadnar's free position shot. Balboni scored her second goal with 25:51 left, and with the clock down to 20:42, Kadnar passed to freshman midfielder Lyndsey Grundy (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) who gave the Beavers a three goal lead. Allen scored her third goal seconds later.

Later in the period, Kadnar and Allen combined on a fast-break run with 16:59 left, with Allen racing the ball up the length of the field before finding Kadnar for another score. With 11:23 remaining, Kadnar overpowered the defender for another score. UMF freshman attacker Lauren Crosby (Georgetown, Maine/Morse) had her first goal of the game just 15 seconds later. Kadnar wrapped up the scoring with her sixth strike with 9:07 left, and the score of 13-5 would hold. 

UMaine-Farmington junior goalie Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine/Freeport) had 13 saves in the win, while Wicks tallied 13 saves as well for the Hawks. 

UMaine-Farmington travels to Deering High School's Memorial Stadium in Portland on Tuesday to play Saint Joseph's College of Maine in a 7:30 p.m. game.