Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-1) vs. the University of Southern Maine (0-0), 4:00 pm, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.
Series History: This is the 19th meeting between the two teams, in a rivalry that dates back to 2000. The Huskies hold a 16-2 all-time advantage over the Mariners, and have won 16-consecutive meetings. When playing in Castine the Mariners are 2-9 all-time against USM.
Last Meeting: USM defeated Maine Maritime 17-6 last season on March 6, 2017.
The Huskies went on a three-goal run to open up the first quarter, led by goals from Sam Hornblower, Seth Wing and Jeff Urmston. The Mariners battled back, when Justin Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.) found Andrew Waltz for his first-career goal at 7:06 and Zachary Doucette added an unassisted strike just 61 seconds later, to close the deficit to 3-2. USM added three more goals to close out the first quarter with a 6-2 lead.
Southern Maine held the Mariners to just two goals in the second quarter, taking an 11-4 lead into halftime, and just one goal in each of the final two quarters to claim the 17-6 victory.
Doucette led the Mariners offensively with his first-career hat trick, Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine) tallied two goals and an assist, and Waltz added a goal. Kretzmer and Michael Martel (Biddeford, Maine) added assists for Maine Maritime.
Urmston led the Huskies with four goals, while teammates Wing, Keegan Smith, Bryce Randall, Paul Leonardo and John Bossi each tallied a pair of goals. Max Hornblower led all players with a game-high five ground balls, while S. Hornblower recorded a game-high three caused turnovers.
Daniel Lee tallied four saves in the loss for the Mariners, while teammate John Stolz tallied six stops in 45 minutes in net. Southern Maine's Zach Bessette earned the victory with 13 saves, while teammate Alex Leblanc stopped five shots in the final quarter.
The Huskies held a 41-35 advantage in total shots and won the battle of the ground balls 33-25.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to Gordon College 28-4 in the season opener for both teams last Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Brigham Complex.
After an early Gordon goal, the Mariners tied things up following an unassisted goal from Alex Grant-Roy but the Fighting Scots scored 15-unaswered goals to take a 16-1 lead late in the second quarter.
William Evon (Barrington, Ill.) tallied his first career goal to cut the deficit to 16-2, but Gordon took an 18-2 lead into halftime.
Orion Sargent (Topsham, Maine) added a pair of goals in the second half, the first of his career, but the Mariners fell 28-4.
Evon and Mitchell Farley (Biddeford, Maine) led the Mariners with five ground balls, while Farley went 14-of-31 from the faceoff circle. Nathan Granholm (Brunswick, Maine) tallied a pair of caused turnovers and Isaiah Weston (Mt. Vernon, Maine) tallied seven saves in net, in the loss.
Gordon's Austin Early scored six goals, and dished out four assists, while teammate Nico Manganiello added five goals and two assists. Billy Biegun led all players with 11 ground balls, going 19-of-32 from the faceoff circle. Jay Gallipo earned the victory in net for Gordon, stopping five shots.
The Mariners: After one game, the Mariners average four goals and 20 shots per game, while going 88.9 percent on clears and 40 percent on face offs.
Isaiah Weston stopped seven shots in his collegiate debut.
The Huskies: Last season USM averaged nine goals and 35.8 shots per game, while going 34.1 percent on face offs and 80 percent on clear attempts.
USM returns their leading scorer, Nate Delgiudice for his senior season. Delgiudice tallied 23 goals last season. Zach Bessette returns to net for the Huskies after leading the squad with 57 ground balls and a 56.5 save percentage, and Sam Hornblower led the team in 2017 with 31 caused turnovers.
Preseason Rankings: The Mariners were ranked fifth, out of eight teams, in the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) preseason poll. To view the complete NAC poll click HERE.
The Huskies were picked sixth, out of eight teams, in the 2018 Little East Conference (LEC) preseason poll. To view the complete LEC poll click HERE.