Hornets Edge Mariners

Hornets Edge Mariners

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to Lyndon, 14-10 on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Ritchie Field.

The Hornets jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Spencer Aubin at 8:48, but Maine Maritime's Chase Whittemore (Skowhegan, Maine) tied things up with an unassisted goal just 40 seconds later. Lyndon tallied back-to-back goals to build a 3-1 lead with 6:11 to play in the first quarter. Whittemore connected with teammate Michael Martel (Biddeford, Maine) to close the deficit to 3-2, but Lyndon's Ian Pelkey added a pair of goals to give the Hornets a 5-2 lead after one quarter.

Konner Bick tallied a goal at 13:49 of the second quarter to give Lyndon a 6-2 lead. Whittemore scored back-to-back goals to cut the gap to 6-4, and Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine) picked up his first goal of the game at 5:17 to make it a one-goal game. Whittemore and Grant-Roy each added a goal for the Mariners, and Anthony Altermatt and Pelkey added goals for the Hornets to send the game into halftime with Lyndon holding a narrow 8-7 lead.

Grant-Roy tallied his third goal of the game to open up the scoring in the second half and tie the game at 8-8. Lyndon scored three-unanswered goals, led by a pair of goals by Zachary Carey to take an 11-8 lead.

Grant-Roy accounted for all of the Mariners' scoring in the final quarter with two goals, but Carey added three goals for the Hornets, to give Lyndon the 14-10 victory.

Offensively, Grant-Roy led the Mariners with five goals and an assist, while Whittemore added four goals and an assist and Martel chipped in with a goal and two assists. Alec Grant (Hollis, N.H.) led the Mariners defensively with 10 ground balls and five caused turnovers, while teammate Zachary Doucette (Portland, Maine) scooped up six ground balls and Jake Hemmerlein (Hopkinton, N.H.) tallied five ground balls.

Carey led the Hornets with five goals and two assists and Pelkey finished the afternoon with four goals and an assist. Defensively, Adam Peeler led Lyndon with 11 ground balls and Chris Lowry tallied a team-high five caused turnovers.

Daniel Lee (Satellite Beach, Fla.) and John Stolz (Scarborough, Maine) split time in net for the Mariners, combining for nine saves. Shane Morin and Marcus Bessette split time in net for the Hornets, combining for eight saves.

The Mariners fall to 0-4 on the season and 0-1 in the conference, while the Hornets improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the NAC. Maine Maritime returns to action next Saturday, March 25 when they host Castleton in a 1:00 pm NAC matchup.