CASTINE, Maine – Husson University women's lacrosse defeated the Mariners of Maine Maritime Academy, 15-8, on Wednesday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action at Ritchie Field.
With the loss the Mariners fall to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the NAC, while the Eagles improve to 3-4 on the season and 3-1 in the conference.
Maddy Olsen put the Eagles on the board first, but the Mariners responded with back-to-back goals from Shelby O'Neil and Madison Barry to take a 2-1 lead. Amanda Deshaies scored the equalizer at the 21:38 mark for her 100th career goal, becoming the first player in program history to achieve this milestone. Madison Barry found the back of the net 48 seconds later to put the Mariners back up one before Deshaies and Makenna Mont scored two-straight giving the Eagles the 4-3 advantage at halftime.
Husson scored six-unanswered goals to open up the second half with two coming from Olsen, one from Paige Daigle, Korallei Fifield (Free Position Goal), Cali Newton (Free Position Goal) and Deshaies' 17th career free poistion goal, tying Megan Clement '11 for the most in program history.
Madison Savary tallied back-to-back free position goals to close the Eagles' lead to 10-5, but Daigle answered right putting the Eagles back up by six with 12:48 remaining. Savary netted her third of game one minute and nine seconds later cuting the Husson lead back to five before Mont tallied the Eagles' fifth free poistion goal of the game at the 10:21 mark.
The Mariners recieved consecutive goals from Sydney Adams and O'Neil closed the lead to 12-8 at 6:14 The Eagles scored three goals with from two Daigle and one Newton in the final six minutes to hang on for the 15-8 victory.
Savary led the Mariners with a hat-trick, two assists, three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while both O'Neil and Barry net two goals. O'Neil also chipped in with four ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Barry tallied four ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Adams added a goal, a team-high five ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Daigle led the Eagles with four goals, while Deshaies and Olsen each net hat-tricks. Deshaies also dished out three assists, while leading all players with 11 draw controls.
Christina Wilson recorded 12 saves in net in the loss for the Mariners, while Mallory Burchill tallied seven saves in the victory for the Eagles.
The Eagles edged the Mariners in groundballs, 28-24 and draw controls 16-8.
Husson returns to action on Saturday, April 7 at home vs. Castleton for a 1:00 p.m. conference game.