Lax Prepped to Defend Home Turf
Southern Maine (1-1) at Maine Maritime (0-1)
Saturday, March 17, 2012 | Ritchie Field | 1:00 p.m.
Series History: Southern Maine and Maine Maritime will meet for the 13th time since MMA attained varsity status in 1994. All 12 varsity clashes have occurred since 2000. The Huskies own a 10-2 lead in the series, having taken 10-straight, including last year's meeting by a score of 18-2. The Mariners last victory came in 2001, a 12-4 win on Ritchie Field. MMA had defeated Southern Maine 15-5 the year prior for its only other win in the series.
Setting the Stage: Southern Maine is 1-1 with a 7-5 loss to the University of New England in the season opener and a 15-4 rout of St. Joseph's (Maine). Maine Maritime is 0-1 coming off of an 8-4 loss to SUNY-Maritime. Both teams have been up on the shelf for prolonged breaks. The Mariners have not been in action since March 4th. The Huskies have not played since March 8th.
Five Things You Should Know…
5. Southern Maine's special teams were dominant when given the chance during their 15-4 win over St. Joseph's. The EMO unit cashed in on four of 12 chances during the contest, but the number that stands out is the pair of shorthanded goals.
4. The Mariners man-down unit killed 9-of-10 penalties during the season opening loss to SUNY-Maritime. With a small body of work, the unit ranks 20th in the NCAA. MMA failed to cash in on five chances with the extra man.
3. Maine Maritime was fairly self-destructive in the season opener. MMA spent eight-minutes playing man-down defense and truned the ball over 37 times. Of the 37 turnovers, only 16 were forced and nine came on failed clears.
2. Reigning North Atlantic Conference player of the Year, Andrew DiSalvo, factored on 75 percent of the Mariners goals in the season opener. He dumped in two goals and assisted on another on Throgg's Neck.
1. Huskies' keeper Kyle Dussault ranked fifth in the NCAA in saves per game with 17.0 stops per contest. He ranked seventh in the nation with a .708 save percentage following the first reporting period.