April 6, 2012

Mariners to Host NAC Pair

Maine Maritime will look to build off of last weekend's wins in a pair of North Atlantic Conference games at Ritchie Field this weekend. Maine Maritime will host Johnson State Friday night at 7:00 p.m., and Lyndon State Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Both games are subject to starting behind schedule as they are preceded NAC softball double-headers.

Johnson State (1-4, 0-2 NAC) at Maine Maritime (1-5, 1-1 NAC) | Friday, April 6 | 7:00 p.m. | Ritchie Field

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Series History: Maine Maritime is 9-1 against Johnson State, and 6-1 since the Badgers joined the NAC in 2005. The Mariners have won each of the last three meetings, including last year's 18-7 win.

Mariners Last Outing: Maine Maritime picked up its first win of the Adam Sherman era with a 17-0 whitewashing of Thomas College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) lacrosse on Saturday afternoon. Andrew DiSalvo (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored four goals and assisted on three more to power the victory, becoming just the third Mariner to reach the 100-goal plateau during the win.

Johnson's Last Game: Johnson State men's lacrosse saw host Regis College (Mass.) pull away in the fourth period and earn a 15-7 non-conference victory on Tuesday. Johnson's Alex Petti scored six of the Badgers seven goals on the day, while Justin Nelson tallied the other. Nash Garceau dealt out four assists for JSC and picked up a team-high six groundballs.

Lyndon State (2-1, 2-0 NAC) at Maine Maritime | Saturday, April 7 | 2:00 p.m. | Ritchie Field

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Series History: Maine Maritime is 5-0 against Lyndon State. The Mariners have never scored less than 15 goals against the Hornets, and have not surrendered more than nine. MMA took two meetings last year by a combined score of 40-7.

Five Things You Should Know…

5. Gavin Cote gets credit for the shutout at Thomas, Maine Maritime's first in a decade, but it was a total team effort. MMA broke a dozen Thomas would-be clears, won 15-of-21 faceoffs, and scooped a program-record 76 ground balls in order to keep the field sloped towards the Thomas cage.

4. After piling up no fewer than seven penalties in any of the first four games of the season, the Mariners were only flagged a combined seven times over the past two games. The past two games have been Maine Maritime's most productive days on offense.

3. Maine Maritime was a perfect 23-of-23 on clears last weekend.

2. Andrew DiSalvo was named the NAC Player of the Week for his four-goal, three assist effort at Thomas. The two-time NAC Player of the Year sits atop of a new active leaders report the NCAA unveiled for the first time this week. DiSalvo's  5.16 career points per game ranks first among all NCAA lacrosse players across all three divisions.  His 2.5 assists per game ranks third

1. DiSalvo became the third Mariner to reach the 100-career goal plateau last weekend. He has two more milestones ahead of him. DiSalvo needs five assists to become the first Mariner to tally 100 helpers in a career. He needs just four points to join Christopher Keiley in the 200-point club. Keiley piled up 215 points in his career (138g, 77a).

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