GAME NOTES: Huge NAC Playoff Implications on the Line
CASTINE, Maine -- Maine Maritime takes on two of the top four men's lacrosse teams in the North Atlantic Conference this week. The Mariners (4-0 NAC, 4-4 overall) travel to Husson (3-1, 3-4) Wednesday, 7 p.m., before hosting New England College (4-0, 9-1) Saturday at noon.
Series History: The Mariners and Eagles are even 5-5 in the ten meeting between the teams. Husson has won the last five meetings with MMA's last victory coming in 2009. NEC has won the only three meetings in the two-year history between the teams.
Last Meeting against Husson: Maine Maritime lost a 13-6 decision to Husson.
Vinny Visconti gave the Eagles an early 1-0 lead before Alex Hermes matched it two minutes later to even the game at 1-1. Husson struck for three straight scores but Maine Maritime netted the final two scores of the quarter, by Hermes and Tim Grant, to make 4-3 after one.
The Eagles scored three unanswered to lead 7-3 at halftime.
Nicholas Betti opened the third with a pair of scores, five seconds apart, to get MMA within two, 7-5. Husson responded with three straight to end the third ahead 10-5.
Nick Snelling found Hermes to open the fourth before the Eagles finished the game with three unanswered scores.
John Hooper picked up the win with 10 saves in goal and James Wilgus took the loss despite 14 saves.
Last Meeting against NEC: New England College knocked off Maine Maritime 15-5.
Alex Hermes and Tom Houle paced MMA with two goals each.
Brian Gillies led the Pilgrims with a game-high five scores, Adam Shute netted three shots and James Putney added two.
NAC Rankings: Betti ranks third in the conference in goals (23) and Brady Harrison is fourth (22) in goals and fifth (31) in points. Snelling is third in assists (22) and Peter Moore ranks fifth (14). Goalies Gavin Cote and James Wilgus are first and second in goals against and Jack Tragert is tied at the top of the conference in face off wins with 99.
NCAA Rankings: Ian Larcom is second in Division III in caused turnovers per game with 5 and Tim Grant is 20th with 2.88 and Tragert is 16th in face off winning percentage (.664). Snelling sits at No. 10 in assists per game with 2.75.
As a team, the Mariners are the best team in Division III in ground balls per game (55.75) and fourth in assists per game (9.5). NCAA Ranking Summary.