Monday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-1) at the University of Southern Maine (0-1), 3:00 pm, Fitzpatrick Stadium, Portland, Maine.
Series History: This is the 18th meeting between the two teams, in a rivalry that dates back to 2000. The Huskies hold a 15-2 all-time advantage over the Mariners, and have won 15-consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting: The Mariners fell to the Huskies 14-6, in their season opener last year on March 5.
The Huskies struck first on an unassisted goal from Jaymz McStowe at 13:48, but minutes later Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine) put the Mariners on the board to tie things up. The two teams exchanged goals, with Seth Wing picking up a score for USM and Tim Grant adding a goal for the Mariners to make it 2-2 at 8:41 in the first quarter. Alec Grant (Hollis, N.H.) found Dean Samuelson (Southbury, Conn.) for a man-up goal at 2:46 to give the Mariners their only lead of the game, but Keegan Smith scored a goal to send the teams into the second quarter notched at 3-3.
Southern Maine added three goals in the second quarter, while holding the Mariners scoreless to take a 6-3 lead into halftime, and added four goals in each of the final two quarters to take the 14-6 victory.
Samuelson led the Mariners with two goals and two assists on 10 shots, while also scooping up four ground balls and causing a turnover. Michael Martel (Biddeford, Maine) added two goals, an assist and a ground ball, while Grant-Roy scooped up six ground balls, caused a team-high four turnovers and a goal, and Tim Grant added a goal, went 8-of-20 on the faceoff and scooped up nine ground balls.
Nate Delgiudice, Jeff Urmston and Paul Lenardo added three goals each for the Huskies, while Wing grabbed two goals, and Smith, McStowe, and Austin Watts each added a goal. Josh Murphy went 13-of-22 from the faceoff and scooped up a team-high seven grounds balls and Eddie Barrasso led USM with four caused turnovers.
Cody Schell stopped 13 shots in net for the Mariners, while John Bossi stopped 11 shots in net for the Huskies.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to Gordon College, 22-5 in the season opener for both teams, on February 22.
The Fighting Scots went on a three-goal run to open up the game, but Maine Maritime's Chase Whittemore (Skowhegan, Maine) cut the deficit to two in the final minute of the first quarter with his first goal of the season, on an assist from Alex Grant-Roy.
The two teams exchanged goals to begin the second quarter, Gordon's Hunter Ward picked up a man-up goal at 14:16 and Maine Maritime's Kyle Thomas tallied an unassisted strike at 11:13. The Fighting Scots went on another three-goal run to take 7-2 lead with 4:34 to go.
Whittemore and Grant-Roy scored back-to-back unassisted goals for the Mariners to cut the lead to 7-4, but Gordon's Nico Manganiello added his fifth goal of the game as time expired, giving the Fighting Scots an 8-4 lead at halftime.
Gordon outscored the Mariners 14-1 in the final two quarters to pick up the non-conference victory. Grant-Roy picked up another assist on the Mariners' lone goal in the second half, this time on a goal by Michael Martel (Biddeford, Maine).
Daniel Lee (Satellite Beach, Fla.) stopped 17 shots in his collegiate debut for the Mariners, while Jay Gallipo earned the win in net for Gordon, recording three saves in 55 minutes of play.
Nick Palandjian finished with a team-high eight points with four goals and four assists to lead Gordon. Manganiello added five goals and two assists, Dan Arthur chipped in with four goals, while Nate Distasio added a hat-trick.
Grant-Roy led the Mariners offensively with two assists and a goal, and George Doe (Kennebunkport, Maine) led Maine Maritime going 5-of-18 from the face-off circle.
*The Mariners hosted the University of Maine for an exhibition game on Saturday. Maine Maritime picked up the 10-5 victory.
The University of Southern Maine's Last Game: Southern Maine fell to MIT on Wednesday, 19-2.
Harris Stolzenberg scored five goals and dished out five assists for a 10-point day, and reached century milestones for goals scored (102) and assists (100). Graham Davis added four goals and four assists while Jack Strachan scored five goals.
Michael Traub had two goals and one assist, and Mitch Turley tallied a pair of goals for the Engineers. Alexander Lynch started in goal and stopped 11 shots without surrendering a goal in the first half. Victor Fink took over in the second half and made nine saves.
Southern Maine averted being shutout with fourth-quarter goals from Jeff Urmston and sophomore Matthew Swirbliss. Keegan Smith assisted on both goals. Goalie Zach Bessette had 19 saves in 41 minutes of play before giving way to Alex Leblanc who had two saves over the final 19 minutes.
Strachan scored three goals in the opening quarter as the Engineers opened up a 5-0 lead. Davis had a goal and an assist, and Stolzenberg scored once.
Stolzenberg had five points (three goals, two assists) in the second quarter as MIT scored nine unanswered goals to build a commanding 14-0 lead by the halftime break. Strachan picked up more two goals, and Davis dished out three assists in the quarter.
Urmston finally broke the shutout bid converting a feed from Smith with 6:46 to play in the fourth quarter. Five minutes later, Swirbliss scored his first collegiate goal off a feed from Smith.
MIT outshot USM 54-40 in the game (40-22 on goal), and won the ground ball battle 39-28. The Engineers converted 1 of 3 man-up situations while holding the Huskies scoreless on eight man-up situations.
The Mariners: After one game, the Mariners are averaging five goals per game and 14 shots per game, while landing 57.1 percent of their shots on net. The team averages 59.3 percent on clear attempts and 20 percent on faceoffs.
Chase Whittemore leads the team with two goals this season, and Alex Grant-Roy leads the team in points, with two assists and a goal. George Doe leads the Mariners with four ground balls, and freshman Nikko Pappas (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) leads the Mariners defensively with four caused turnovers. Daniel Lee tallied 17 saves in net for the Mariners, and averages a 43.6 save percentage.
The Huskies: After one game the Huskies are averaging two goals per game and 40 shots per game, while landing 55 percent of their shots on net. The team averages 60 percent on clear attempts and 48 percent on the faceoff.
Matthew Swirbliss and Jeff Urmston lead the team with a goal each, and Keegan Smith leads the team with two assists per game. Nate Delgiudice leads the team with two caused turnovers and both Smith and Seth Wing lead the team with four ground balls. Zach Bessette tallied 19 saves in net, and averages a 51.4 save percentage.
Preseason Rankings: The Mariners were ranked fifth in the 2017 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) preseason poll, while the Huskies were picked fifth in the 2017 Little East Conference (LEC) preseason poll. Last season, the Mariners went 5-10 on the season and 5-3 in NAC play, and the Huskies went 8-7 overall and 3-4 in LEC play.