Maine Maritime Academy (0-2) at Clark University (2-2)
Worcester, Mass. | Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.
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The Mariners' laxers head out on the road in search of the season's first win, facing Clark in Worcester, Mass. Wednesday evening. Clark is coming off of a Saturday loss at Skidmore, 17-9, while MMA is looking to rebound from a 13-6 loss at home against Southern Maine.
Clark and Maine Maritime have faced each other three times since Maine Maritime became a varsity program in 1994. The Cougars own a 2-1 lead in the series with the home team taking each contest. Wednesday's game marks the first meeting between the schools since 2004.
Five Things You Should Know…
5. Despite being its own worst enemy, Maine Maritime was in the thick of things until the final three minutes against Southern Maine. The Mariners killed themselves with turnovers, including a good handful on restart throwaways. While it is true that you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take, MMA must be better at hitting the shots that it does take. The Mariners fired 42 shots at the Huskies cage on Saturday. Of those shots, six went in the net, while six more were saved. The rest clanged the orange iron or missed by more.
4. MMA needs to play a full game of second quarters. The Mariners and their opponents have each scored a pair of goals in the second quarter. MMA has been outscored 6-2 in the first 15 minutes and the first 15 minutes after the halftime break. MMA has been most productive with four goals in the fourth quarter, but has been stung the most in that stanza, allowing seven.
3. Freshman defender Ian Larcom has been a disruptive force through the first two games of his career. The Rhode Island native has already caused seven turnovers and scooped eight ground balls.
2. Maine Maritime will have to wrestle with the three-headed monster that is Jeffrey Wasson, Phil Winslow, and Chris Johnson. The trio has combined for 41 points through the first four games. Wasson is a sophomore finisher with 12 goals and a pair of helpers. Seniors Winslow and Johnson offer a bit more balance. Winslow has eight goals and four assists, while Johnson has six goals and nine assists.
1. Maine Maritime's man-down unit has been stellar in the early season, and the Mariners seem to have made a point of testing it out. MMA has a .834 kill percentage. Clark University, with its .533 conversion on the EMO, will be MMA's toughest test to date should the Mariners pile up the penalty minutes. Wasson has four extra-man goals through four games this season.