Lyndonville, VT - On a cold and soggy Varsity Field the Lyndon State College men's lacrosse team came up on the short end of a 6-3 result versus Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday morning. The loss drops the Hornets to 3-8 on the season and 1-4 in North Atlantic Conference play, while the Mariners improve to 2-6 on the season and 2-3 in the NAC.
Maine Maritime got on the board first at the 10:16 mark of the opening quarter, as William Evon (Barrington, IL) found Tom Anderson (Danvers, MA) and Anderson found the back of the net. Less than three minutes later Michael Martel (Biddeford, ME) scored with an assist from Sawyer Watson (Topsham, ME) to make it 2-0, Mariners. Lyndon got on the scoreboard with only three seconds to go in the quarter, as Shea Jones (Hull, MA) worked from behind the goal and fed Joseph Ricco (Hudson, NH) in front, then Ricco stuffed it home to make the score 2-1 after one.
Neither team was able to break through for much of the second quarter, as both teams struggled to create scoring chances as the field conditions worsened. With 2:46 to go in the period Martel was able to break free and score his second goal of the game off of a feed from Zeke Tocci (Naples, ME). That would be the only goal of the quarter, and it sent Maine Maritime into halftime with a 3-1 advantage.
Tocci found Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, ME) and Grant-Roy was able to get hios shot past Lyndon Goalie Marcus Bessette (Pembroke, NH) to extend the Mariner lead to 4-1 at the 12:40 mark of the third quarter. At that point the Hornets were able to increase their pressure on the Mariner goal, as they got the game's next 11 shots. None paid off, however, as two were stopped by Mariner goalie Isiah Watson (Mt. Vernon, ME), two were blocked by Mariner defenders, and the other seven were off the mark. After Bessette turned away Tocci, the Hornets were able to break trhough with a transition goal by Spencer Aubin (Sharon, MA) from Jones. Maine Maritime was able to answer with only 12 seconds remaining in the quarter, as Grant-Roy scored for the second time, with Anderson picking up the assist. That sent the Mariners into the final quarter with a 5-2 lead.
Lyndon was again able to create several scoring opportunities early in the fourth quarter. Each time they either missed the mark or were turned away by Watson, until Connor Brennan (Southington, CT) picked up a ground ball in front of the goal and put it in to cut the Mariner lead to 5-3. That would be as close as the Hornets would get, however. Sawyer Watson's insurance goal with 2:52 to go accounted for the final score.
Lyndon outshot Maine Maritime, 32-29, for the game. Only nine of the Hornets' shots were on goal, however, while the Mariners put it on the net 18 times. Bessette stopped 12 of the 18, while Watson turned away six of nine. Maine Maritime held a 34-28 advantage in ground balls, and a slim 6-5 faceoff advantage.
The Hornets return to action on Thursday when they travel to the College of Mount Saint Vincent for a 4:30 pm non-conference start. Maine Maritime will host Colby College on Tuesday.