WATERVILLE, Maine - The Thomas men's lacrosse team defeated Lyndon 11-9 in a North Atlantic Conference contest held on Saturday evening.
The Terriers (1-7, 1-4 NAC) were led by Colby Blondin who scored a season-high four goals along with two assists while Kevin McCarthy (Sayville, N.Y.) led the Hornets (0-4, 0-4) with four goals.
Thomas got off to good start in the first period, outscoring Lyndon 4-1.Gershom Renee scored opened the scoring with his first career goal, as the defenseman carried the ball into the offensive zone a ripped a shot past Hornet goalkeeper Shane Morin.
After McCarthy tied up the game for Lyndon, the Terriers ended the quarter on a 3-0 run, with goals netted by Bryan Ferris, Kade Strout, and Blondin.
The two teams went back and forth in the second quarter, each scoring three times. Parker Chute notched his fourth goal on the season to start the quarter and put Thomas up 5-1. McCarthy responded quickly for the Hornets for his second of the game.
The next four goals were scored in a span of just over minutes, as Ferris added two more goals and had the Terriers up 7-4 heading into halftime. Ricky Carroll (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Zachary Carey (Exeter, N.H.) had one goal each for Lyndon in the period
In the third quarter, Lyndon found a groove offensively, as they scored five unanswered to take their first lead of the game at 9-7. Carroll, Ian Pelkey (Milton, Vt.) and Robert Crupi (Scituate, Mass.) had one goal each in the uprising while McCarthy found the back of the net twice.
In a rare sequence, goaltender Liam Salus took the ball upfield, got past defenders and put home his first career goal with just 1:10 left in the third to pull Thomas back within one.
Blondin then took over the fourth quarter, scoring all three goals to lead a come-from-behind charge. He found the back of the net on a man-up advantage just 27 seconds into the fourth quarter to tie the game up at nine.
Then around seven minutes later drove toward the goal and put it past Morin to give Thomas the lead. With Thomas up two extra men, Blondin notched goal number four on an assist from Ferris to put the finishing touches on the 11-9 victory.
Blondin and Ferris combined for seven goals, with Rene, Strout, Chute and Salus each scoring one. Salus also recorded 10 saves in goal, while Connor Lamberton finished the final 16 minutes and had six saves.
Morin had a game-high 17 saves in defeat and Pelkey collected two assists.
Lyndon will be back on the field Tuesday, April 7 when they host Green Mountain College at 3:30 p.m.