CASTINE, Maine -- Southern Maine netted five-straight shots to end the first half which sparked a 12-9 win over Maine Maritime in a non-conference men's lacrosse game Thursday. The Huskies won their first game this season and improved to 1-5, while the Mariners fell to 1-4.
Nicholas Betti paced the Mariners with three goals and added an assist. Bronson Guimond and Brady Harrison each scored twice and Justin Lovel and Peter Moore found the back of the net once. Nick Snelling recorded a game-high two assists for Maine Maritime and Gavin Cote (1 save) and James Wilgus (7 saves) combined to stop eight shots.
Austin Watts tallied three goals for USM and Seth Wing, Burleigh Desjardins and Dylan Kenney each netted two shots. Keegan Smith, Tyler Jamison and Luke Johnas found the back of the net once for Huskies. Ryan Jurgelevich stopped 11 shots to earn the win in goal.
The Mariners opened the game with a 1-0 lead when Snelling found Harrison for a man-up score. Desjardins evened the game with a score at 1:39 before Betti found Guimond a minute later to give MMA a 2-1 lead. The Huskies quickly answered to even the game 28 seconds later when Johnas scored unassisted.
Watts put USM ahead 3-2 early in the second quarter before Lovely, Guimond and Betti scored consecutive goals to give the Mariners a 5-3 lead with 6:14 left before halftime. The Huskies responded with five-straight scores to lead 8-5 at halftime.
Betti scored twice in the third and Watts and Kenney once each to make 10-7. The teams traded scores again in the fourth with Watts and Wing finding the net for USM and Harrison and Moore netting shots for the Mariners.
The Mariners fired 17 more shots (49-32), scooped more ground balls (51-36) and more extra-man opportunities (10-5) and the Huskies won the face-off battle (13-12).
Maine Maritime returns to action Saturday, 2 p.m., hosting Lyndon State.
Southern Maine...... 2 6 2 2 - 12
Maine Maritime...... 2 3 2 2 - 9
Southern Maine SCORING: GOALS: Austin Watts 3; Seth Wing 2; Burleigh Desjardins 2; Dylan Kenney 2; Keegan Smith 1; Tyler Jamison 1; Luke Johnas 1. ASSISTS: Keegan Smith 1; Austin Watts 1; Seth Wing 1.
Maine Maritime SCORING: GOALS: Nicholas Betti 3; Bronson Guimond 2; Brady Harrison 2; Justin Lovely 1; Peter Moore 1. ASSISTS: Nick Snelling 2; Nicholas Betti 1; Bronson Guimond 1; A.J. Larrabee 1; Justin Lovely 1.
GOALIES - SMML14: Ryan Jurgelevich 1-5 (60:00 minutes, 20 shots-11 saves, 9 GA); MMA: Gavin Cote 1-3 (15:38, 4-1, 3) , James Wilgus (44:22, 16-7, 9).