Univ Of New England vs. Southern Maine
April 23, 2009
The Game Story:

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- First-year Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine) scored two goals in the final 1:54 to rally the University of Southern Maine Huskies past the University of New England Nor'easters for a 7-6 non-conference men's lacrosse victory Thursday afternoon.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Huskies, who improved to 10-5. UNE suffered its sixth consecutive defeat to drop to 5-9.

With the Huskies trailing 6-5 in the closing minutes, Hamilton tied the contest on an unassisted goal with 1:54 to play.

Following the ensuing face-off, Southern Maine worked the ball into its offensive end. Sophomore Tim Clark (South Portland, Maine) fired a high shot from close range that UNE goalie Andy Briggs stopped, but Hamilton scooped up the rebound and converted from the top of the crease for the game-winner.

After Southern Maine took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Hamilton and Bryant, the Nor'easters tallied the next three -- two by first-year Michael Pennacchio (Peabody, Mass.) -- to grab a 3-2 advantage.

Senior Josh Plowman (Gorham, Maine) would score with 6:06 remaining in the first half to even things up at 3-3.

Sophomore Michael Woods (Kittery Point, Maine) gave UNE a 4-3 edge early in the third quarter, then Pennacchio added another goal to put the hosts up by two.

Clark set-up senior Preston Gilbert (Saco, Maine) to pull the Huskies within one goal and round out third-period scoring at the two-minute mark.

UNE first-year Dylan Thomas (Pleasantville, N.Y.), assisted by Woods, put the Nor'easters back up by two (6-4) at 11:16 of the fourth.

Bryant then put home his second goal of the contest on a feed from Gilbert, getting USM back within one (6-5) and setting up Hamilton's late-game heroics.

Senior goalie James Suriyodorn (Deer Park, N.Y.) made 13 saves for the Huskies, who got a game-high 10 ground balls from Clark.

The Nor'easters received strong performances from first-year Tim Margiotta (Randolph, N.J.) and junior Mike Sagaert (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who combined for 14 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.

Briggs stopped 13 shots for UNE, which plays for a spot in The Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament in its regular-season finale Saturday at Nichols College (11 a.m.).

The Huskies conclude their regular season that same day when they host Keene State College at noon.