CASTLETON, Vt. – The Lyndon State College men's lacrosse team captured their second-straight victory Monday afternoon with a 16-9 victory over North Atlantic Conference opponent Green Mountain College at Spartan Stadium.
The Hornets used nine goals in the third quarter to pull away from the Eagles. Kevin McCarthy (West Sayville, N.Y.) and Justin Mosher (Salem, N.H.) led the Hornets with four goals apiece while Mosher added four groundballs. Ian Pelkey (Milton, Vt.) added two goals and an assist to go with a team-high six groundballs and three caused turnovers. Colin Young (Sharon, Vt.) and Spencer Aubin (Sharon, Mass.) chipped in two goals each with Aubin adding an assist. Shea Jones (Hull, Mass.) assisted three goals while adding a score for himself.
Brendan McKenna led the Eagles with four goals, one assist, and six groundballs. Nate Laymon and David Gerken each added two goals with Laymon picking up a game-high nine groundballs.
Lyndon got things started at the 10:52 mark of the first quarter as Pelkey finished off a nice passing play from Kendrick Mills (Bellows Falls, Vt.) but the quarter would end just 1-0.
The Hornets extended their lead to 3-0 early in the second quarter as Jones and Adam Peeler (Worcester, Mass.) each netted a goal, Peeler's in a man-up situation.
Green Mountain finally got on the board at the 9:47 mark of the second quarter as Gerken netted his first of the game on an unassisted effort. After McCarthy scored his first of the game to give the Hornets the 4-1 advantage, the Eagles used a pair of goals with the man advantage to close the gap to 4-3 as Will Durant and Gerken each scored. Pelkey would notch his second goal with time winding down to give the Hornets a 5-3 lead heading into the half.
The Hornets outscored the Eagles 9-1, including eight unanswered goals, in a pivotal third quarter which gave the visitors a lead that was never threatened through to the final horn. Mosher tallied all four of his goals during the run.
With the score sitting at 15-4, the Eagles made a late adjustment which allowed the offense to start to click. However, the hosts five goal barrage in the final quarter was not enough to mount a serious comeback. McKenna scored all four of his goals for GMC in a span of five minutes as the game came to a close.
Shane Morin (Salem, N.H.) earned the win in net for the Hornets by stopping three shots in two quarters of action. Marcus Bessette (Pembroke, N.H.) logged the final 30 minutes in net also making three saves.
Arun Falk made 11 stops in net for the Eagles in the loss.
The Hornets (2-6, 2-3 NAC) travel to Daniel Webster for a non-conference game on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Green Mountain head to Thomas for a NAC matchup on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.