Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-3, 0-0 NAC) vs. Lyndon State College (2-1, 0-0 NAC), 1:00 p.m., Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.
Series History: The Mariners are 9-2 all-time against the Hornets, in a rivalry that dates back to 2008. When hosting, the Mariners are are perfect 6-0.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to Lyndon State College 14-8 last season on April 3, 2016, in a North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinal matchup.
Chase Whittemore (Skowhegan, Maine) opened up the scoring, with an unassisted goal for the Mariners at 11:07, but the Hornets answered back with three-straight scores to take a 3-1 lead. Whittemore tallied another goal with just six seconds remaining, this time on an assist from Dean Samuelson (Southbury, Conn.), to cut the deficit to 3-2 after one quarter.
The Hornets outscored the Mariners 3-1 in the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into halftime. Lyndon scored two-straight to open up the third quarter, but Samuelson added his first goal of the game on an assist from Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine), spurring a 3-1 run for the Mariners to cut the Hornet lead to 9-6.
Lyndon put together a three-goal run to open up the final quarter, and despite back-to-back goals from Samuelson and Whittemore, the Hornets held on the claim their first-ever playoff win, 14-8.
Whittemore led the Mariners with four goals, while Samuelson tallied a pair of goals and Michael Martel (Biddeford, Maine) chipped in with a goal. Grant-Roy tallied a goal, two assists and a game-high eight ground balls while Michael Dedian tallied an assist, caused a turnover and scooped up three ground balls. Cody Schell recorded 10 saves in the loss, in net.
Kevin McCarthy and Spencer Aubin led the Hornet offense, each with four goals and one assist. Shea Jones added two goals and three assists while Zachary Carey chipped in three goals. Colin Young helped Lyndon take the faceoff battle going 13-for-24 with eight groundballs. Shane Morin registered the win in goal with 12 saves.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to SUNY Maritime 16-0, last Friday afternoon, in non-conference action on Ritchie Field.
The Privateers scored three goals in the first ten minutes of play, and tallied five goals in each of the first three periods to pick up the 16-0 win.
The Mariners were led offensively by Alex Grant-Roy who registered seven shots, teammate Chase Whittemore tallied five shots and both Darius Phillips (Lewiston, Maine) and Dean Samuelson recorded four shots. Defensively, Alec Grant (Hollis, N.H.) led the Mariners with three caused turnovers and Grant, George Doe (Kennebunkport, Maine) and Daniel Lee (Satellite Beach, Fla.) scooped up five ground balls each.
Lee stopped 20 shots in 45 minutes in net for the Mariners while teammate John Stolz (Scarborough, Maine) recorded three saves in the final quarter.
Danny Connell led the Privateers with four goals and two assists, while Nick Pellegrino recorded a hat trick and dished out two assists and Ian Ziemski added two goals. Paul Lafrancesca led the team with three caused turnovers and Nick San Filippo scooped up five ground balls.
Brendan McNally stopped all ten shots he faced in nearly three quarters of play, while Justin Weigold and Ian Ballou combined for the other four saves in net.
Lyndon State College's Last Game: Lyndon State College picked up a 7-6 victory over Anna Maria College last Saturday afternoon.
The Hornets had the ball for the final possession as Shea Jones shot a ball wide with seven seconds left on the clock. However, the Hornets recovered the ball and found Jones again who buried a shot in the back of the net for the deciding goal.
Jones led Lyndon with three goals to go along with two caused turnovers in the victory. Ian Pelkey posted three points on one goal and two assists. Anthony Altermatt, Zachary Carey, and Marcus Bessette all collected four ground balls. Altermatt won three-of-seven face-offs for the Hornets.
Marcus Bessette earned the win in net for Lyndon, playing 30 minutes and recording two saves to improve his record to 1-0.
Kurt Richardson led the AMCATS with four points from two goals and two assists on the day. Kyle Benning and Brandon Pavoni each recorded two points from two goals apiece. Pavoni also led with a team-high five ground balls. Tre Demers won a game high five-of-nine face offs.
Sophomore goaltender Paul Schwarz had 12 saves in the loss for the AMCATS.
Anna Maria got on the board first with a goal from Richardson off of a pass from Tim Harrington just two minutes into play. Lyndon tied the game at 1-1 with 9:30 on the clock with a goal from junior Logan Parenti. The AMCATS quickly regained the lead just one minute later as Richardson found Benning from the top of the box and Benning snuck one by starting goaltender, Shane Morin.
Pelkey and Jones recorded back-to-back goals with 11:43 to play before the half time break to take a 3-2 lead. The AMCATS tied it back up on another Benning, Richardson combination at the 4:54 mark, 3-3. With one second to play before the half, Anna Maria took the 4-3 lead following a quick goal from Pavoni.
Pavoni added another goal at the start of the second half and Ryan Rockwal notched a goal immediately after to give the AMCATS their largest lead of the game at 6-3. The game remained scoreless for another 13 minutes but Lyndon broke the silence with a goal from Shea in a man-up opportunity at the 13:36 mark in the fourth quarter to bring the score to 6-4. The Hornets closed the gap to one goal as Spencer Aubin scored with 10:24 to play. Lyndon tied it up at 6-6 five minutes later as Carey put one behind Schwarz off of a pass from Pelkey in another man-up situation.
The Mariners: After three games, the Mariners average 3.67 goals and 26.7 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 18.33 goals per game. The Mariners average 12.5 percent on man-up opportunities, 36 percent from the faceoff circle and 70 percent on clear opportunities.
Zachary Doucette (Portland, Maine) and Alex Grant-Roy lead the Mariners with three goals and one man-up goal each; Grant-Roy also leads the team with three assists and six points. George Doe leads the Mariners with 12 ground balls, going 23-of-55 on the faceoff and Nikko Pappas (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) leads the team with six caused turnovers. In net, Daniel Lee has 26 saves, for a 37.7 save percentage.
The Hornets: After three games, the Hornets average 6.67 goals and 31.7 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 8.0 goals per game. The Hornets average 8.7 percent on man-up chances, 40 percent from the faceoff circle and 75.8 percent on the clear.
Spencer Aubin and Shea Jones lead Lyndon with five goals each, Jones and Adam Peeler lead the team with three assists apiece and Peeler and Anthony Altermatt lead the team with 11 ground balls each. On the faceoff, Logan Parenti is 11-of-26, while Altermatt is 6-of-14. Chris Lowry leads the Hornets with six caused turnovers and in net, Shane Morin has tallied 27 saves for a 60.0 save percentage.