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Beaver heartbreak in women’s lax loss at NEC

HENNIKER, N.H. – Sophomore Ayla Allen's six goals gave the University of Maine at Farmington plenty of offensive spark, but New England College chalked up nine second half goals en route to a 14-13 victory over the visiting Beavers, Saturday afternoon at the NEC turf field

The loss dropped the Beavers to 2-5 on the season and 0-2 in the NAC, while the Pilgrims improved to 2-7 overall, 2-0 in conference play. 

UMaine-Farmington would jump out to the early 3-0 lead, scoring on three straight free position shots including two by Ayla Allen.  NEC broke the scoring drought at the 17:57 mark as Emily Bamberger tallied an unassisted goal cutting the lead to 3-1.  The Beavers would get that goal back before NEC went on a 4-0 run and grabbed its first lead of the game, 5-4, with 5:48 remaining in the opening half. 

The Beavers regained the lead right before halftime on Allen's unassisted goal, followed by a late score from Alaina Shorey from Allen to head into the intermission up 6-5. 

The Pilgrims rattled off three straight goals to open the second half, but Farmington responded with two goals by sophomore Mara Balboni and Allen's fifth of the game to regain a 9-8 advantage with 15:37 left to play. 

New England College answered with four goals over the next seven minutes, including two by Jacquelyn Lane, and took a 12-9 lead it would never relinquish. The Beavers pulled to within two of the Pilgrims on Balboni's third marker of the game, but NEC remained at least two goals in front of Farmington the rest of the way.

Goals by Allen and Maddi Kadnar in the final minute of play got the Beavers to within one of the Pilgrims, but time expired before UMF could find the game-tying goal.

Allen matched her career high with the six goals, and added an assist to finish with seven points. Balboni ended up with three goals, while freshman Jaclyn Langevin charted two goals and five ground balls.

NEC's Lane finished the game with four goals and an assist, while Allison Granata chipped in three goals and dished out an assist for the Pilgrims.

Picking up the win in net for NEC was Mackenzie Meegan, who finished with 15 saves.  Farmington's Hannah Goodenow came through with an impressive 21 saves, matching a career high set back during her freshman campaign on April 16, 2011, against Husson.

Farmington finished the game with the 42-39 advantage in shots, while NEC held the slight 22-21 advantage in ground balls.

UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Tuesday, April 8, when it travels to Waterville, Maine, to face NAC rival Thomas College in a 4:00 p.m. match.

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