Wednesday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (2-8, 2-2 NAC) vs. Thomas College (2-6, 1-4 NAC), 7:00 p.m., Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.
Series History: The Mariners are 15-0 against the Terriers, including a 8-0 record when hosting.
Last Meeting: Dean Samuelson (Southbury, Conn.) tallied a career-high six goals, to lead Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse to a 14-6 North Atlantic Conference victory over Thomas College last year on March 30, 2016.
The Terriers struck first with a goal from Colby Blondin, but the Mariners scored three-straight to close out the first-quarter with a 3-1 lead. The Mariners picked up where they left off in the second quarter, outscoring the Terriers 3-1 to take a 6-2 lead at halftime.
Michael Martel (Biddeford, Maine) and Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine) added back-to-back man-up goals to give the Mariners an 8-2 lead with 13:12 to go in the third quarter. Bryan Ferris found the back of the net at 12:10, but Samuelson scored back-to-back goals to give Maine Maritime a 10-3 lead with just under eight minutes to play in the third. The Terriers added another goal to cut the deficit to 10-4 entering the final quarter.
Samuelson opened up the scoring in the fourth quarter, and the Mariners scored three more times to cruise to the 14-6 victory.
Samuelson led all players with six goals, while also dishing out an assist and scooping up a ground ball. Brendan Broderick grabbed two goals and dished out two assists, while scooping up a pair of ground balls and Martel tallied a pair of goals and scooped up a ground ball.
George Doe (Kennebunkport, Maine) grabbed his first-career goal, while scoping up two ground balls and causing a turnover. Grant-Roy and Tim Grant each tallied a goal and an assist and T. Grant also led the Mariners with a team-high six ground balls, going 7-for-12 on the faceoff and three caused turnovers. Zachary Doucette (Portland, Maine) grabbed the other goal for the Mariners. Cody Schell was solid in net for the Mariners, stopping nine shots in the victory.
Blondin led the Terriers with a hat trick and two assists, while Ferris and Kade Strout grabbed the other scores for Thomas. Connon Lamberton stopped 10 shots in net for the Terriers in just under 50 minutes of play, while Dakota Gendreau stopped three shots in net.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell 23-3, to the University of New England last Saturday afternoon in non-conference action, at the Big Blue Turf.
Dean Samuelson scored a pair of goals to lead Maine Maritime, while Alex Grant-Roy added the other goal for the Mariners. George Doe, Grant-Roy, and Nikko Pappas (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) each scooped up six ground balls, while Nathan Granholm (Brunswick, Maine) led the Mariners defensively with two caused turnovers.
UNE's Donovan Connor led all players with four goals, including the first of his career. Connor Leggett scored three goals, while Dan Auger, Dylan Jones and Garett Bozek each scored twice. Jones got into the scoring column for the first time in his career, as did Noah Luccini and Jared Hall, who joined 10 players registering one goal for the Nor'easters.
In net, Maine Maritime's Daniel Lee (Satellite Beach, Fla.) tallied 13 saves in the loss, while UNE's David Pearson earned the victory, appearing in the first quarter with one save, and teammates Tyler Nevers, Jake Kampner and Sam MacKenzie combined for six saves, while each registering 15 minutes worth of action.
Thomas College's Last Game: The Thomas College men's lacrosse team allowed six second quarter goals in a tough 9-7 loss to Husson University last Wednesday.
The Eagles offense was led by four goal performance from Brooks Gay while Zach Glazier and Jacob Boothby contributed with a pair of goals. Chad Miller caused six turnovers and scooped up 13 groundballs.
Colby Blondin tallied four goals for Thomas and picked up seven groundballs. Johnathan Wilcox, Harry Heald, and Jacob Kendall each scored a goal in the effort.
The Terriers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on goals from Blondin and Kendall.
Husson's offense exploded for six goals in the second quarter, including two goals and three assists from Glazier. Blondin added his second of the game for a 6-3 Husson advantage at the break.
Wilcox scored the lone goal of the third quarter for Thomas as they cut the lead down to 6-4.
Blondin looked to get the Terriers back in the game early in the fourth, bringing his team within one. Late in the final frame, back-to-back goals from Blondin and Heald tied the game up at 7-7. The Eagles netted two more, finishing the scoring at 9-7.
Connor Lamberton stopped 18 shots in the loss for Thomas while Nick Zavorotny turned aside nine shots in the win.
The Mariners: After 10 games games, the Mariners average 7.10 goals and 30 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 14.6 goals per game. The Mariners average 16.3 percent on man-up opportunities, 39.8 percent from the faceoff circle and 67.9 percent on clear opportunities.
Chase Whittemore (Skowhegan, Maine) and Dean Samuelson lead the Mariners with 14 goals, and Alex Grant-Roy leads the team with 14 assists. George Doe leads the Mariners with 45 ground balls and Nikko Pappas leads the team with 19 caused turnovers. In net, Daniel Lee has 62 saves, for a 41.1 save percentage while teammate John Stolz (Scarborough, Maine) has 41 saves and a 41.8 save percentage.
The Terriers: After eight games the Terriers average 4.38 goals and 25 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 10.5 goals per game. Thomas averages 21.2 on man-up opportunities, 29.3 percent from the faceoff circle and 59.1 percent on clear opportunities.
Colby Blondin leads the Terriers with 16 goals, six assists and 38 ground balls, while Alex Lawson leads the team with 18 caused turnovers. In net, Connor Lamberton has 145 saves and 84 goals allowed for a 63.3 save percentage.