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April 10, 2013

Women's lax enjoys its home debut with 10-7 win over Husson

FARMINGTON, Maine – The field may have been a little soggy, the skies may have been overcast, and the temperature may have been a few degrees cooler than they would have liked, but for the University of Maine at Farmington women's lacrosse team, it was home.

Home, sweet home.

After eight games involving buses and vans, the Beavers rode the home field advantage of Prescott Field to the tune of a 10-7 win over North Atlantic Conference rival Husson University on Wednesday afternoon. UMaine-Farmington (3-6, 1-2 NAC) rattled off four straight goals late in the game to seal a comeback win over the Eagles.

Tied at 6-6 with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game, UMaine-Farmington got a pair of goals from freshman Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) and single markers from Maddi Kadnar (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and Lyndsey Grundy (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) over the next 14 minutes to take a 10-6 lead.

Defensively, Farmington kept managed to keep a lid on Husson's (3-6, 1-2 NAC) offense over that same span, outshooting the Eagles 9-3 after Husson's Haley Huntingdon game-tying goal with 17:14 to play.

Overall, UMaine-Farmington outshot Husson, 26-22, but the Eagles had a 19-16 advantage in shots on goal. Junior goalie Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine/Freeport) came up big for Farmington with 12 saves, while Husson's Chelsea Kondratowicz charted just six stops.

"It was a great team effort," said UMaine-Farmington head coach Molly Wilkie. " I think Hannah (Goodenow) had an excellent game and made some big saves in pressure situations."

"I think Molly (Carbin) and Maddi (Kadnar) were key in our transition game today," said Wilkie. "They made a lot of tough catches as we were moving down the field, and put us in position to have some great scoring opportunities. Plus, we played really good team defense, and didn't leave our teammates to play 1-v-1 defense. We were in position to help a lot, and keep up our defensive pressure."

Allen finished with three goals for Farmington, while Kadnar, Grundy, and Miranda Levesque (Sanford, Maine/Sanford) each scored twice. Junior Beth Lebel (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) notched her first collegiate goal to open the second half scoring, elating the UMaine-Farmington sideline.

Huntingdon finished with three goals to lead the Husson cause, while Caitlyn Stauffer tallied two goals. Alissa Fallon and Nicole Connolly added one apiece.

Twice Husson took the lead in the game, only to see UMaine-Farmington fight its way back in front.

After the two teams traded goals early, Stauffer and Fallon scored twice in the span of three-and-a-half minutes to grab a 3-1 lead.

Leveque answered for the Beavers with an unassisted goal with 14:14 left in the first half, jump-starting a string of four straight by Farmington to regain the lead. Grundy's goal with 1:41 remaining in the frame, aided by a pass from Chelsea Morley (York, Maine/York) sent the Beavers into the break with a 5-3 advantage.

After Lebel found the back of the net at the 23:33 mark of the second half, extending UMF's lead to 6-3, Husson scored three times over the next two-and-a-half minutes to knot the game at 6-6.

That would be pretty much as close as the Eagles would get to overtaking the Beavers. Huntingdon scored a too-little, too-late marker for Husson with a mere 1:45 showing on the game clock for the final 10-7 margin.

"This team takes a lot of pride in playing at home," said Wilkie. "This year they won't get a chance to do it a lot, so they want to defend it every chance they get."

UMaine-Farmington will be on the road this Saturday, April 13, at Thomas College, before returning to Prescott Field for two games the following weekend. Husson also returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Colby-Sawyer College up in Bangor.