Bangor, ME - Husson Women's Lacrosse flew by the Beavers of University of Maine at Farmington in their NAC Quarterfinal matchup 16-9 on Sunday afternoon at Boucher Field to advance to their fifth NAC Semifinal appearance in program history.
Anna Wolterbeek (Wells, ME) got Husson on the scoreboard first when she fired a shot pass UMaine-Farmington Goalie Patty Smith (Gorham, ME) for a unassisted goal with 23:21 left in the first half. Nine seconds later Michaela Bicknell (West Addison, VT) would find a wide open Abi Staab (Berlin, VT) for her first of five goals in the game. Staab went on to score the next three goals at 21:33 as a free position shot, a unassisted goals at the 20:42 and 19:43 marks to extend Husson lead to 5-0.
The Eagles would add two more unassisted goals from Amanda Deshaies (Wells, ME) and Mattie Russell (Hope Valley, RI) before UMaine-Farmington finally figured out how to get a shot pass Husson's Goalie Katilin Dolloff (Richmond, RI) when Aula Allen (Rumford, ME) scored with 12:15 left in the half. The Beavers would found the back of the net once again with an unassisted goal off the stick of Mara Balboni (Oakland, ME) with 9:48 left to go.
Bicknell grew Husson's lead to six goals again when she scored an unassisted goal at the 3:56 mark. Carly Raymond (Topsham, ME) would answer 43 seconds later as she scored UMaine-Farmington's third goal of the game.
With 1:16 left to go Russell found the back of net for her second goal of the half this time from a nice pass from Bicknell to close out the scoring in the first half as the Eagles led 9-3.
Wolterbeek would open the second half of the game with her second of the game when Alissa Fallon (Kennebunk, ME) found her with 25:27 left to go. UMaine-Farmington answered right back with goal of their own 29 seconds later from Rhi Jackson (Saco, ME) but the Eagles returned the favor once again this time from a free position shot by Rashell Saucier.
This back and forth would continue between the Eagles and the Beavers as Allen would notch her second of the game on a woman down opportunity with 24:11 left in the game and Fallon at 23:48 for a women-up goal.
Fallon would record her 100th career point on Russell's third of the game with 22:27 left in the game making the game 14-5 in favor of Husson but Allen wasn't done scoring as she scored her third of the game at the 17:42 mark.
The Eagles scored two more times in the half from Deshaies and Staab making the game 16-6 but the Beavers would receive goals from Sierra Gilley (Harpswell, ME), Jackson and Raymond to close out the game.
Staab and Fallon would finish the game with a game high 5 points and Wolterbeek grab a game high 8 groundballs for the 8-6 Eagles. Bicknell became Husson's all-time career leader in draw controls with 123 when she had 7 in the game.
Dolloff made 11 saves in the net for the Eagles and Smith made 18 saves for 5-8 Beavers.
The Eagles outshot the Beavers 40-25, won the groundball battle 39-15 as the Eagles currently hold the best groundballs per game average in the country at 33.43.
With the win today the Eagles approve to 10-4 all-time versus UMaine-Farmington and clinch their first winning season since 2011.
The Eagles will travel to Castleton, Vermont on Wednesday, April 29th when they face the number one seeded Spartans of Castleton State College and with the lost the Beavers end their season.