BANGOR, Maine – Despite a strong start, Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to Husson University 18-11 on Saturday afternoon in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Quarterfinals.
Brooks Gay put the Eagles on the board first at 12:49, but Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine) answered back for the Mariners just 42 seconds later and Chase Whittemore (Skowhegan, Maine) added an unassisted goal at 9:45 to give Maine Maritime a 2-1 lead. Chad Merrill added a goal for Husson to tie it at 2-2, but Grant-Roy and back-to-back goals from Dean Samuelson (Southbury, Conn.) gave the Mariners a 5-2 lead after the first quarter.
Whittemore opened up the scoring in the second quarter, but the Eagles scored three-straight to tie the game up once again, 6-6. Whittemore and Samuelson added goals in the final two minutes of the half to send the Mariners into the intermission with an 8-6 lead.
The Eagles came out strong in the second half, scoring four-unanswered goals before the Andrew Waltz (Topsham, Maine) and Samuelson tallied goals to tie the game at 10-10. Husson went on a three-goal run to take a 13-10 lead into the fourth quarter, and outscored the Mariners 5-1 in the final 15 minutes, to hold on for the victory.
Samuelson led the Mariners with four goals and scooped up five ground balls, while Whittemore ended the afternoon with three goals, one assist, five ground balls and a caused turnover and Grant-Roy tallied two goals and dished out two assists, while scooping up three ground balls. Waltz recorded a goal and an assist, while also scooping up a ground ball and causing a turnover and Tyler County (Auburn, Maine) added the other goal for the Mariners, while also scooping up two ground balls.
Defensively, Nikko Pappas (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) led the Mariners with nine ground balls and five cause turnovers and Nathan Granholm (Brunswick, Maine) caused two turnovers and scooped up eight ground balls.
Gay led the Eagles with seven goals and three ground balls, Jacob Boothby tallied four goals and five ground balls, and Merrill added three goals, 10 ground balls and five caused turnovers. Husson's Owen Richmond scooped up a game-high 20 ground balls, while dishing out three assists.
In net, Maine Maritime's Daniel Lee (Satellite Beach, Fla.) tallied 14 saves in the loss, while Husson's Nick Zavorotny stopped 15 shots in the victory.
The Mariners conclude their season with a 3-11 overall record, while the Eagles improve to 6-7 on the season and will face the No. 1 seed New England College on Wednesday, May 3 in the NAC Semifinals.