Beavers Stay Hot with Win at Salem State

Beavers Stay Hot with Win at Salem State

Salem, Mass. –  Rhi Jackson (Saco, Maine) scored seven goals and added three assists as the UMaine Farmington Beavers earned a 14-11 victory over the Salem State Vikings at Alumni Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Beavers improve to 2-1 on the season while Salem State slips to 1-4.

Rhi scored four first period goals as the Beavers built an 8-5 advantage after the first.  Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass.) kept pace for the Vikings as she secured six points, five goals and an assist for Salem State.    

Jackson opened the game with a score less than 30 seconds in, and was followed by Sierra Gilley (Harpswell, Maine) who notched a goal 12 seconds later as UMaine Farmington built a 2-0 lead in the first minute. Carly Raymond (Topsham, Maine) and Alaina Shorey (Lebanon, Maine) scored back-to-back goals two minutes later to increase the lead to 4-0.

Woodin broke the skein for the Vikings, scoring her ninth goal of the season before Jackson planted her second of the game to make it 5-1.

Woodin and Bridget Lawless (Swampscott, Mass.) brought the Vikings back into the game with goals, as Salem State trailed by just two with 15:19 remaining.

Shorey and Chelsea Smith (Tewksbury, Mass.) exchanged scores before Jackson added her third of the game to make the score 7-4.  Woodin's hat-trick brought Salem State to within 7-5 before Jackson closed the scoring for the Beavers with a goal with less than a minute remaining for a three-goal advantage at halftime.

The Vikings came out firing in the second half as Woodin and Lawless scored consecutive goals to cut the deficit to 8-7.

Jackson and Woodin exchanged free position shots before Jackson added back-to-back-free position scores for an 11-8 lead. Gilley made it 12-8, but two goals by Courtney Smith (Peabody, Mass.) and Samantha Barrett (Arlington, Mass.) pulled Salem State to within 12-10.

However, Raymond and Shorey added two insurance goals 11 seconds apart that gave the Beavers some breathing room at 14-10. Chelsea Smith closed the scoring with her second goal to make the final 14-11.

Samantha Bickford (Oxford, Maine) picked up the win, making 12 saves while Karlie McLear (Paxton, Mass.) stopped four shots for the Vikings. Salem State outshot the Beavers 33-25, but 30 turnovers by the Vikings proved costly.

The Vikings host UMass Dartmouth on Thursday at 4:00 PM while UMaine Farmington travels to Wentworth on Wednesday for a 6:00 PM start time.