Southern Maine vs. Eastern Connecticut
April 27, 2002
The Game Story:
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Eric Faraday (Newington, Conn.) scored four goals to lead a balanced offensive attack as the nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 20-4 in a Little East Conference game Satruday afternoon at Paula Hodgdon Field.

The win was the seventh straight for the Warriors and improved their overall record to 11-2. Eastern Connecticut was unbeaten in Little East play (6-0) and will be the top seed and host school for the upcoming conference tournament. Southern Maine lost its fourth straight to fall to 5-9 overall and 1-5 in the LEC. The Huskies will be the sixth seed in the upcoming tournament and play a first round game on Tuesday.

Eastern Connecticut scored the game's first four goals on the way to a 7-1 lead after one period. Faraday and senior Michael Grabski (Somers, Conn.) each had a pair of goals in the period. The Warriors outscored the Huskies 5-1 and 5-2 over the next two periods to take a commanding 17-4 lead into the final period.

Freshman Brian Hebron (Hicksville, N.Y.) was the game's top scorer netting three goals and passing out four assists for seven points. Grabski finished with three goals and one assist while Farady added an assist to his four goals. Freshman Will Pinto (West Hartford, Conn.) came off the bench to collect three goals in the second half. Sophomore Jon McCabe (Farmington, Maine) had a pair of goals and an assist for Southern Maine. Senior Tobey Farrington (Augusta, Maine) and freshman Kurt Gagnon (Hollis, Maine) had the other Husky goals.

Freshman goalie Frank Leclair (York, Maine) was busy in the USM net, making 18 saves. Eastern Connecticut sophomore Bruce Frady (South Hadley, Mass.) was credited with seven saves. Eastern Connecticut had a 45-20 advantage in shots for the game.