Saturday's Game: No. 5 Maine Maritime Academy (3-9, 3-4 NAC) at No. 4 Husson University (5-7, 4-3 NAC), 2:00 p.m., Boucher Field, Bangor, Maine.
Series History: The Mariners are 8-6 all-time against the Eagles, in a rivalry that dates back to 1998.
The Mariners in the First Round of the Playoffs: Over the past six seasons the Mariners are 4-2 in the first round of the NAC playoffs.
Playoff History: This is only the second meeting between the Mariners and Eagles in the playoffs. The first meeting occurred in 2011 when the Mariners played at Husson for the NAC Quarterfinals. The Eagles picked up a 10-7 victory.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to Husson University 14-10, on Tuesday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Ritchie Field, in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
The Mariners struck first when Chase Whittemore (Skowhegan, Maine) grabbed his first goal of the game on an assist from Tyler County (Auburn, Maine) from the faceoff. The Eagles responded with four-straight goals, led by back-to-back strikes from Zach Glazier, to take a 4-1 lead. County added his own goal at 5:18 to cut the gap to two goals, but the Eagles scored twice to double their advantage. The Mariners finished out the first quarter with a pair of goals from Whittemore and Andrew Waltz (Topsham, Maine) to close Husson's lead to 6-4.
The second quarter proved to be much like the first, the Eagles added three-straight to build a 9-4 lead, and outscored the Mariners 5-4 to take an 11-8 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, the offense slowed down for both teams with Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine) and Jacob Boothby tallying the lone goal for their teams to keep the gap at three goals in favor of Husson.
Grant-Roy scored to open up the final quarter, but the Eagles added two goals to hang on for the 14-10 victory.
Whittemore led the Mariners with four goals and an assist while also adding eight ground balls and two caused turnovers. Grant-Roy and County tallied two goals an assist each, while Grant-Roy added eight ground balls and a caused turnover and County scooped up three ground balls. Dean Samuelson (Southbury, Conn.) and Waltz added the other goals for the Mariners, John Nevins (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) dished out three assists and Alec Grant (Hollis, N.H.) scooped up eight ground balls and led all-players with five caused turnovers.
Boothby led Husson with four goals and an assist, Glazier added three goals and two assists, and both Brooks Gay and Matt Verrill added a pair of goals. Chad Merrill and Tyler Talbot led the Eagles with eight ground balls each.
In net, Maine Maritime's Daniel Lee (Satellite Beach, Fla.) stopped 14 shots, and Husson's Nick Zavorotny tallied 12 saves.
The Mariners: After 12 games, the Mariners average 7.15 goals and 30.8 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 14.31 goals per game. The Mariners average 13.3 percent on man-up opportunities, 38.8 percent from the faceoff circle and 70.3 percent on clear opportunities.
Chase Whittemore leads the Mariners with 23 goals, and Alex Grant-Roy leads the team with 17 assists. George Doe (Kennebunkport, Maine) and Grant-Roy lead the Mariners with 56 ground balls and Alec Grant leads the team with 25 caused turnovers. In net, Daniel Lee has 95 saves, for a 42.4 save percentage.
The Eagles: After 12 games, the Eagles average 10.25 goals and 38.2 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 13.5 goals per game. The team averages 28.8 percent on man-up chances, 44.5 percent from the faceoff circle and 73.7 percent on clear attempts.
Jacob Boothby leads the Eagles with 35 goals, Zach Glazier leads the team with 22 assists and 56 ground balls and Chad Merrill leads the team with 26 caused turnovers. In net, Nick Zavorotny leads the team with 99 saves for a 45.4 save percentage.
2017 NAC MEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All dates and start times are subject to change
Quarterfinals • Saturday, April 29
No. 5 Maine Maritime (3-10, 3-4) at No. 4 Husson (5-7, 4-3) - 2:00 p.m.
No. 6 Thomas (3-7, 2-5) at No. 3 Lyndon (9-6, 5-2) - 3:00 p.m.
Semifinals • Wednesday, May 3
4/5 winner at No. 1 New England College (11-5, 7-0) - TBA
3/6 winner at No. 2 Castleton (9-8, 6-1) - TBA
Championship • Saturday, May 6 (at highest remaining seed)
Semifinal Winners - TBA