GORHAM, MA – Rookie attacker Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, MA) erupted for a game-high six points on five goals and an assist but it wasn't enough as the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team fell at Little East Conference foe Southern Maine, 12-9, on Saturday at Hannaford Field. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 3-8 overall and 0-2 in league play, while the Huskies improved to 7-4 and 1-2.
Junior Amber Andrews (New Milford, CT) added a pair of goals for WestConn, while sophomore Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) inched closer to the 100-goal mark for her career with a scoring strike and two assists.
Rookie goalkeeper Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) fell to 3-8 while stopping 12 shots for the Colonials, while Hala Van nostrand improved to 5-4 while recording eight saves for the Huskies.
The hosts converted 5-of-11 free position shots for the game. The first one came less than three minutes in when Alex Farley fired one home, giving USM a 1-0 lead.
The Colonials struck back as Andrews netted both of her goals to capture a 2-1 advantage. However, that would be the only lead of the contest for the visitors.
Aliza Jordan – who finished with a team-high five goals – netted yet another free position shot for the Huskies, giving them a 6-4 lead at halftime. WestConn would knot the count at 6-6 when Galligan tickled the twine early in the second.
However, USM answered with a 5-0 run to seize a commanding 11-6 advantage with 12:33 remaining. The Colonials scored three of the final four goals but it would not be enough to overcome the Huskies earlier outburst.
WestConn returns to action for yet another LEC tilt when they travel to cross-state rival Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.