WATERVILLE, Maine – Shelby O'Neil (Bar Harbor, Maine) scored seven goals and dished out an assist to lead Maine Maritime Academy women's lacrosse to an 18-6 victory over Thomas College on Monday evening in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action at Bernatchez Field.
With the win the Mariners improve to 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the NAC and clinch the fifth seed in the NAC Tournament. The Terriers conclude their season at 1-12 overall and 0-7 in conference play. Maine Maritime will travel to the fourth seed, Husson University on Friday, April 27 for a NAC Quarterfinal matchup.
The Mariners jumped out to a 4-1 lead, led by a pair of goals from O'Neil, but the Terriers used a three-goal run to tie the game at 4-4 with 11:38 to go in the first half. Madison Savary (Bath, Maine) sparked a three-goal run for the Mariners with a goal at 9:24 and the Mariners took a 9-5 advantage into halftime.
Madison Barry (Stoneham, Mass.) opened up the scoring in the second half as the Mariners added nine goals in the second half to take the 18-6 victory.
O'Neil tied the Maine Maritime single-game record for most goals in a game (7) and most points in a game (8), while also leading all players with six draw controls and contributing a ground ball and a caused turnover. Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) added four goals, five draw controls and a caused turnover and Barry ended the evening with a hat-trick and an assist. Christina Wilson (East Granby, Conn.) tallied a pair of goals to go along with three ground balls and two caused turnovers and both Savary and Olivia Le Blanc (Conifer, Colo.) chipped in with goals.
Amira Jones led the Terriers with a hat-trick, three draw controls, and two ground balls while Nikki Bradstreet added a goal and two assists, and Kimberly Banks led all players with six ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Maine Maritime's Sierra James (Campton, N.H.) earned the victory in net stopping 14 shots and scooping up three ground balls, while Sydni Collier stopped 12 shots in the loss for Thomas College.
Castleton earned the top seed in the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament.
The Spartans (9-6 overall) claimed the top seed in the conference tournament after posting an undefeated 7-0 record in NAC play. Top-seeded Castleton and second-seeded Colby-Sawyer (9-5 overall, 5-2 NAC) will receive byes in the tournament's quarterfinal round.
New England College (8-7, 5-2) claimed the No. 3 seed, while Husson (5-7, 4-3), Maine Maritime (6-5, 3-4), and UMaine-Farmington (6-9, 3-4) earned the No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 seeds respectively to complete the six-team tournament field.
Predetermined NAC tiebreaking procedures were followed to break any ties of teams with similar records in conference play.
Both quarterfinal games are scheduled for Friday, April 27, as the fourth-seeded Eagles will host the fifth-seeded Mariners, while the sixth-seeded Beavers will travel to the third-seeded Pilgrims. Both quarterfinal game times will be announced tomorrow.
Winners of the two quarterfinal matches will advance to the semifinal round which are scheduled for Sunday, April 29. The top-seeded Spartans will host the winner of the Husson vs. Maine Maritime quarterfinal, while the second-seeded Chargers will host the winner of the NEC vs. UMF quarterfinal. Both game times are to be determined.
Tournament action culminates with the NAC Championship game on Saturday, May 5, at the highest remaining seed at a time to be determined.
The NAC tournament champion will earn an automatic berth in the upcoming 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The complete tournament schedule appears below. Please note, game dates and times are subject to change.
2018 NAC WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All dates and start times are subject to change
Quarterfinals • Friday, April 27
No. 5 Maine Maritime (6-5 overall, 3-4 NAC) at No. 4 Husson (5-7, 4-3) - TBA
No. 6 UMaine-Farmington (6-9, 3-4)at No. 3 New England College (8-7, 5-2) - TBA
Semifinals • Sunday, April 29
3/6 winner at No. 2 Colby-Sawyer (9-5, 5-2) - TBD
4/5 winner at No. 1 Castleton (9-6, 7-0) - TBD
Championship • Saturday, May 5 (at highest remaining seed)
Semifinal Winners - TBA
For the Interactive Tournament Bracket - click HERE.