BIDDEFORD – The University of New England survived a three-goal surge by Colby in the last six minutes to earn a 7-6 men’s lacrosse victory Tuesday.
The win was the first for the Nor’easters (7-3) over a NESCAC opponent in program history; they lost the first 10.
Sam Coulter had a pair of goals for UNE, which built a 7-3 cushion for a stretch of nearly 19 minutes from the third quarter into the fourth before Chip Grossman scored for Colby (4-4).
The Mules added two more goals 17 seconds apart to pull within one with just over a minute to play.
Nick McMahon forced five turnovers for the Nor’easters and leads all players in Division III with 4.22 caused turnovers per game.
SOUTHERN MAINE 21, UM-FARMINGTON 3: Samantha Purcell had nine points on two goals and a school single-game record seven assists as the Huskies (6-2) cruised past the Beavers (2-4) at Gorham.
Jacki Kelly, who set the previous USM assist record with six last season in a game against St. Joseph’s, was on the receiving end of three Purcell passes and finished with five goals and two assists.
BRIDGEWATER STATE 8, UNE 5: The Bears (7-0) scored the only three goals of the second half to snap a 5-5 tie and defeat the Nor’easters (3-5) at Bridgewater, Mass.
Gina Newsome had a hand in all five goals for UNE, scoring three and assisting Rachel Schwanter and Macki Hill.
COLBY 20, HUSSON 2: Grace McVey had three goals and two assists as the sixth-ranked Mules (7-0) downed the Eagles (2-4) at Bangor.
Dana Swaffield and Paige Perason had two scores apiece and 10 other Colby players scored a goal.
SOUTHERN MAINE 5, ENDICOTT 1: Sam Dexter went 3 for 4 with two solo home runs to lead the Huskies (11-3) past the Gulls (10-6) at Beverly, Mass.
Tucker White also went 3 for 4 with a solo shot for Southern Maine, which won its fifth straight.
John Carey and Chris Bernard added RBI singles.
USM reliever Shyler Skates allowed one hit in four innings to earn his first collegiate win.
ST. JOSEPH’S JV 7, SMCC 3: Jack Reilly and Zack Graham each drove in two runs to lift the Monks over the Seawolves (12-12-1) at South Portland.
Zachary Horton went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run for SMCC.