Mariners Set to Open NAC Play
Maine Maritime Academy's men's lacrosse team opens the North Atlantic Conference portion of its slate when it hosts New England College on Saturday. The Mariners move on to Portland Sunday to face Massachusetts Maritime at Fitzpatrick Field.
New England College (0-5) at Maine Maritime (0-3)
Ritchie Field | Saturday, March 24 | 1:00 p.m. | Video
Maine Maritime will host NAC newcomer, NEC for the Pilgrims first contest in their new league. The two teams have not met in varsity lacrosse.
Maine Maritime vs. Massachusetts Maritime (3-3)
Fitzpatrick Field – Portland, Maine | Sunday, March 25 | 1:00 p.m.
The Mariners and the Buccaneers will clash for the ninth time since Maine Maritime attained varsity status in 1994. Maine Maritime owns a 6-2 lead in the series. The last four games have been split on an every-other year basis, with the Mariners claiming last year's meeting at Fitzy 10-9. Each of the Mariners last two wins in the series were in one-goal games, while the Bucs have been far more decisive in their wins with a victory by six in 2010, and 10 in 2008.
Five Things You Should Know…
5. MMA and NEC are winless entering the league slate this weekend. As a league, the NAC is 4-27 out of conference this season.
4. Maine Maritime and Massachusetts Maritime share a common opponent in Maritime (N.Y.). The Bucs beat the Privateers 8-6 last Saturday. The Mariners fell 8-4 to the Privateers in Maine Maritime's season opener.
3. The Mariners have been outscored 9-1 in the first half of the first quarter this season. Consequently, Maine Maritime has only played with a lead for 2:56 this season, when MMA got a 1-0 jump on Maritime (N.Y.).
2. The Mariners man-down unit has been the team's bright spot this season. MMA has killed 82.4 percent of the penalties it has incurred this season, ranking the Mainers 44th among the 185 teams in Division III. In three games this season, MMA has played man-down for 21:30, more than twice the 9:30 it has enjoyed the extra-man advantage.
1. Andrew DiSalvo scored his 95th career goal and registered his 89th career assist at Clark.