Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-0) vs. SUNY Maritime College (0-1), 11:00 am, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.
Series History: This is the third matchup between the Mariners and the Privateers. SUNY holds a 2-0 all-time advantage, but this will be the first matchup in Castine, Maine, on Ritchie Field.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy women's lacrosse fell 14-5 to SUNY Maritime last season on March 12, 2016 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
The Privateers jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Rachael Redles put the Mariners on the board with an unassisted goal at 15:26 to make it 4-1. Redles added two more goals in the first half to secure the hat trick as the Mariners entered halftime down 9-3.
SUNY Maritime scored two goals to open up the second half, taking a 11-3 lead but the Mariners continued to fight, notching goals from Briana Obshatkin (Dedham, Mass.) and Christina Wilson (East Granby, Conn.) to make it 13-5. The Privateers added a goal in the final three minutes to hang on for the victory.
Redles led the Mariners with three goals, on eight shots on goal, Wilson scooped up a game-high four ground balls and won two draw controls, and Sierra James (Campton, N.H.) recorded 11 saves in net for Maine Maritime.
Kristina Deleva scored a game-high four goals for the Privateers and dished out an assist, while causing two turnovers, Jane Quinn and Ciara Murphy each added three goals, and Catherine Pfundstein added a pair of goals. Christina Finnen recorded six saves in net in the victory for SUNY.
Maine Maritime in Season/Home Openers: In two seasons, the Mariners are 0-2 in their season openers. The Mariners are 0-2 in their home openers on Ritchie Field.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: This will be the season opener for the Mariners.
SUNY Maritime College's Last Game: The Privateers dropped a non-conference matchup to the Ramapo College Roadrunners, 15-4 on Wednesday.
Krista Deleva lead the Privateers with two goals on the night, while junior Christa Case and sophomore Ciara Murphy each found the back of the cage once for Maritime. In the assists category, Case and junior Shannon Brady each tallied one. Defensively, the Privateers caused seven turnovers, with Brady, Deleva, and sophomore Courtney each causing a pair of Roadrunner turnovers. Freshman Esmeralda Hernandez also made eight saves between the pipes for the Privateers.
The Ramapo attack proved to be too much for the Privateers as the Roadrunners jumped quickly and never looked back. Ramapo was lead early on by an unstoppable Alyssa Tachon who scored the Roadrunners first six goals over the first four minutes of action. The visiting team then was able to put through five more goals before the midway point, leading the Privateers 10-0 at halftime.
Maritime finally found the back of the net at the 22:09 mark in the second half off of a free position goal by Deleva. Nearly eight minutes later, Deleva found the mesh again with a nice diving shot for her second goal of the season. After another Roadrunner goal, Salatto caused a turnover followed with a picked up ground ball by Deleva. Once Maritime completed the clear attempt, Christa Case collected a lead pass from the top of the offensive zone from Shannon Brady and was able to flick the ball in for her first goal of the season. Just three minutes later, Case scored Maritime's first unanswered goal of the contest, rolling the ball in with 5:28 left to play.
The Mariners: Entering the first game of the season, the Mariners return three of their top four leading scorers from last season, including senior Briana Obshatkin who tallied 10 goals and three assists in 2016. Christina Wilson returns after leading the Mariners with 38 ground balls, and Haley Eckert (Harrington, Maine) returns after leading the team with 14 draw controls.
Sierra James returns in net for the Mariners after leading the team with 105 saves and a 43.2 save percentage last season.
The Privateers: After one game, Krista Deleva leads the Privateers with two goals, four ground balls, and three draw controls, and Esmeralda Hernandez leads the team with eight saves in net.