Beavers Fall in Season Opener

Beavers Fall in Season Opener

GORHAM, Maine -- UMaine Farmington fell in their season opener  to the University of Southern Maine by a score of 20-5 in a non-conference women's lacrosee game Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

Senior Rhi Jackson led UMF scoring three goals.  Juniors Carly Raymond and Sierra Gilley tallied the other two goals for UMF.

The win was the second straight for the Huskies who improved to 2-1 overall.  The game was the season opener for the Beavers who had their first three dates postponed.

Campobasso registered a game-high six goals and dished out one assist for her seven points while Lessard scored two goals and passed out five assists.  Campobasso scored five goals in the opening half when USM built a commanding 13-3 lead.

Rookie Allison Irish tallied four goals for the Huskies, and sophomore Aliza Jordan contributed three goals and an assist.  Senior Heather Everett added two goals to go along with a game-high nine ground balls, four draw controls and six caused turnovers.

Southern Maine split the goaltending chores between sophomores Miriam Wood and Hala Van Nostrand.  Wood played the opening half without recording a save to get the win.  Van Nostrand took over after halftime and made two saves in the second half.  UMF rookie goalie Samantha Bickford stopped 12 shots.

The Huskies had a big advantage in total shots (36-8), ground balls (29-17) and draw controls (18-9).

Campobasso ignited a 5-0 run over the opening nine minutes with her first goal 64 seconds into the game. Sophomore Kenzie Kidder, Irish and Everett followed with goals within a span of 1:53, and Campobasso made it 5-0 with 21:18 to go in the half.

Jackson got UMF on the board converting a free-position attempt at 20:24, and Gilley followed at 18:51 to pull UMF within three, 5-2, but that would as close as the visitors would get as USM scored eight consecutive goals to taking a commanding 13-2 lead.

Southern Maine is back at Hannaford Field on Friday (4:30 p.m.) hosting Castleton University in the second game of a men's and women's doubleheader.  UMaine Farmington travels to Colby-Sawyer College this Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for its North Atlantic Conference opener.