WATERVILLE — The goals came early and often as the University of Maine at Farmington women’s lacrosse team grabbed a critical North Atlantic Conference, 17-4 win, over Johnson State, on Saturday at Thomas College.

UMF (2-3 conference, 3-6 overall) moved into playoff contention with the win, vaulting into the No. 5 spot in league standings, where only the top six teams earn play-off berths. Johnson State falls to 1-4, 2-7.

Carly Raymond and Jaclyn Langevin pummeled the Johnson net for four goals each as the Beavers launched a 43-shot attack, placing 32 shots on goal.

Langevin and Raymond scored a pair of goals in the opening stages of the first half, lifting UMF to a quick 4-1 lead. The advantage grew to 13-2 at halftime when four teammates found the mark.

UMF goalkeeper, Patty Smith, made nine saves on 13 Badger shots.

After an 0-5 start, the Beavers have won three of the last four heading into pair of crucial NAC tilts this week. Tuesday and Thursday, UMF travels to Maine Maritime Academy and host New England College, respectively. A pair of wins would solidify the Beavers position in post season play with just three games remaining in the regular season.

Championship play in the NAC begins, Sunday, April 26, when No. 6 plays at No. 3 and No. 4 hosts No. 5.

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