Bangor, ME - The Husson University women's lacrosse team tried to mount a second half comeback, but it was not enough to overtake the visiting Beavers of the University of Maine at Farmington on Wednesday night at Boucher Field. UMF won the game by a score of 11-6, knocking the Eagles back to 3-7, and 1-2 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East Division. The Beavers improve to 3-4 on the year, and earn their first NAC East win to move to 1-2 in the conference.
The Eagles were led by first year player Charlotte Gerhardy (Denver, CO) who earned a second half hat-trick for three points on the day. The three other Husson goals were scored by as many different players as Caitlyn Stauffer (Brookfield, CT), Amanda Mora (Stratford, CT) and Stephanie Roux (Greene, ME) all made their way into the goal column. Defensively, Emily Child (Mexico, ME) caused a team-high three turnovers while picking up six ground balls to go along with an assist in transition from her defensive wing position. First year goalie Kayla Guerrette (Frenchville, ME) was tagged with the loss while making four saves in the first half, before she gave way to Kaleigh Morneau (Twin Mountain, NH) who came in and held Maine-Farmington scoreless in the final 30 minutes.
The game looked a lot tighter in statistics than in the scoring, as Husson held an advantage in many categories. The Eagles actually out-shot their opponents, taking 27 attempts on the cage, compared to 25 by the Beavers. Husson also picked up 46 ground balls to lead their guests by six, and won one more draw control (10-9). The Eagles have Haley Thibeau (Gardiner, ME) to thank for their statistical advantages as the first year player won a team leading four draw controls to go along with a game-high 10 ground balls. The Eagles were able to clear the zone 15 times on 17 chances for 88%, while holding the Beavers to 79% on 19-24 in clears.
For Maine-Farmington, senior tri-captain Emma Morrison (Saco, ME) led the way with three goals and an assist while picking up a team-high nine ground balls and causing a pair of turnovers. Alyssa Neptune (Readfield, ME) also added four points, all of which came on goals, while first year player Maddi Kadnar (Belgrade, ME) added a goal and an assist to the offensive effort. Aime Daniels (Lewiston, ME) was all over the field, scoring a goal while picking up seven ground balls and causing a game-high four turnovers for the Beavers. In the crease, sophomore Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, ME) made 13 saves to earn the victory.
Both teams trade goals in the first two minutes, as Morrison got UMF on the board less than a minute into the game, before Mora leveled the score a minute later. Over the next 13 minutes, Farmington took control and scored six consecutive goals to take a 7-1 lead with 13:41 left to play in the first half.
With 7:38 left in the half, Roux put in Husson's second tally of the day to break the Beaver run, if only for a short time, as Neptune scored two goals in the next minute to spark another Beaver run, this time four in-a-row and UMF went into the break ahead by a score of 11-2.
In the second half, the Eagles made some changes that led to Husson controlling the play. Stauffer picked up a ground ball with 21 minutes remaining and the sophomore speedster streaked down the field and finished for the Eagles' third goal of the game. Gerhardy scored all three of her goals in the final 7:16 of the game, but it was too little too late as Husson was only able to get to within 5 before time expired, and Farmington would take the win 11-6.
The Eagles are on the road this weekend for a pair of NAC East Division match-ups, first taking on the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer at noon on Saturday, and finish out the road trip on Sunday with a 3:00 pm meeting with Castleton State. The Beavers will host Thomas College on Saturday the 14th, with game-time scheduled for 1:00 pm.