Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy at Gordon College

Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy at Gordon College

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Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-0) at Gordon College (0-0), 3:00 p.m., Brigham Athletic Complex, Wenham, Mass.

Series History: The Fighting Scots hold a 4-0 all-time advantage over the Mariners. All previous matchups were played at Gordon, giving the Fighting Scots a 4-0 advantage when hosting. 

Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to Gordon College, 22-5 in the season opener for both teams, on February 22. 2017. 

The Fighting Scots went on a three-goal run to open up the game, but Maine Maritime's Chase Whittemore cut the deficit to two in the final minute of the first quarter with his first goal of the season, on an assist from Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine).

The two teams exchanged goals to begin the second quarter, Gordon's Hunter Ward picked up a man-up goal at 14:16 and Maine Maritime's Kyle Thomas tallied an unassisted strike at 11:13. The Fighting Scots went on another three-goal run to take 7-2 lead with 4:34 to go.

Whittemore and Grant-Roy scored back-to-back unassisted goals for the Mariners to cut the lead to 7-4, but Gordon's Nico Manganiello added his fifth goal of the game as time expired, giving the Fighting Scots an 8-4 lead at halftime.

Gordon outscored the Mariners 14-1 in the final two quarters to pick up the non-conference victory. Grant-Roy picked up another assist on the Mariners' lone goal in the second half, this time on a goal by Michael Martel (Biddeford, Maine).

Daniel Lee stopped 17 shots in his collegiate debut for the Mariners, while Jay Gallipo earned the win in net for Gordon, recording three saves in 55 minutes of play. 

Nick Palandjian finished with a team-high eight points with four goals and four assists to lead Gordon. Manganiello added five goals and two assists, Dan Arthur chipped in with four goals, while Nate Distasio added a hat-trick.

Grant-Roy led the Mariners offensively with two assists and a goal, and George Doe led Maine Maritime going 5-of-18 from the face-off circle.

Preseason Polls: The Fighting Scots have been selected to finish ninth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, after a 5-10 campaign in 2017.

The Mariners went 3-11 overall last season and made it to the team's 10th-straight NAC Tournament. Maine Maritime fell in the North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals to Husson. The NAC preseason poll will be announced on Tuesday, February 27.

The Mariners in Season Openers: The Mariners are looking for their first season-opening victory since the 2009 season when they defeated Green Mountain. 

The Mariners: Maine Maritime will return their leading point-scorer last season Alex Grant-Roy (18 g, 19 a). Grant-Roy also led the team last season in ground balls (59).

The Fighting Scots: Gordon will return three of their top five scorers from last season: Nick Plandjian (42 g, 13 a), Nico Manganiello (32 g, 7 a), and Austin Early (10 g, 8 a). 

The Captains: Maine Maritime will be led by captains Justin Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Nathan Granholm (Brunswick, Maine).

The Coaches: After serving as Assistant Coach last season, James Dillon was appointed Interim Head Coach for the Mariners' 2018 campaign.

Gordon will be led by first-year Head Coach Bill Bodwell.