NAC Quarterfinal: No. 4 Maine Maritime Academy vs. No. 5 Lyndon State College

NAC Quarterfinal: No. 4 Maine Maritime Academy vs. No. 5 Lyndon State College

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Saturday's Game: No. 4 Maine Maritime Academy (4-7, 4-3 NAC) vs. No. 5 Lyndon State College (6-8, 3-4 NAC), 2:00 p.m., Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.

Series History: The Mariners hold a 10-3 all-time advantage over the Hornets in a rivalry that dates back to 2008.

The Mariners in the First Round of the Playoffs: Over the past seven seasons the Mariners are 4-3 in the first round of the NAC playoffs. 

Playoff History: The Mariners and Hornets are 1-1 when playing in the NAC Playoffs. The Hornets took the last meeting on April 20, 2016, 14-8, but the Mariners took the first meeting on April 28, 2011, 22-3.

Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse picked up a 6-3 victory over Lyndon State College in the regular season matchup between the two teams on April 14 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action at Varsity Field. 

Tom Anderson (Danvers, Mass.) put the Mariners on the board first at 10:16, with his fourth goal of the season, and teammate Michael Martel (Biddeford, Maine) added a goal less than three minutes later to give the Mariners a 2-0 advantage. The Hornets added a last second goal to cut the Mariners' lead to 2-1 entering the second quarter.

Martel tallied the lone goal in the second quarter to send the Mariners into halftime with a 3-1 advantage.

Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine) scored early in the third quarter to extend Maine Maritime's lead to three (4-1), but the Hornets added a goal at 3:12 to close the gap to 4-2. Grant-Roy added his second goal of the game with 12 seconds left in the quarter to send the Mariners into the fourth quarter with a 5-2 lead.

Lyndon closed the gap to two goals on a score from Conor Brennan, but Sawyer Watson (Topsham, Maine) added a goal in the final three minutes to secure the 6-3 victory for the Mariners.

Grant-Roy led the Mariners with two goals, three caused turnovers and two ground balls, while Martel also net two goals and scooped up two ground balls. Watson added a goal and an assist and scooped up a team-high six ground balls, while Anderson also net a goal and dished out an assist while scooping up two ground balls. William Evon (Barrington, Ill.) added a game-high six caused turnovers while also scooping up five ground balls and dishing out an assist.

Brennan, Spencer Aubin and Joseph Ricco tallied goals for the Hornets. Shea Jones scooped up a team-high six ground balls while also tallying three caused turnovers and two assists.

Isaiah Weston (Mt. Vernon, Maine) earned the victory in net for the Mariners with six saves, while Lyndon's Marcus Bessette tallied 12 saves in the loss.

The Mariners edged the Hornets in ground balls, 34-28, but the Hornets outshot the Mariners 32-29. 

Last Playoff Meeting: The two teams last met on April 30, 2016 in the NAC Quarterfinals. The Hornets claimed the 14-8 victory in Lyndonville.

Chase Whittemore opened up the scoring, with an unassisted goal for the Mariners at 11:07, but the Hornets answered back with three-straight scores to take a 3-1 lead. Whittemore tallied another goal with just six seconds remaining, this time on an assist from Dean Samuelson, to cut the deficit to 3-2 after one quarter.

The Hornets outscored the Mariners 3-1 in the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into halftime. Lyndon scored two-straight to open up the third quarter, but Samuelson added his first goal of the game on an assist from Alex Grant-Roy, spurring a 3-1 run for the Mariners to cut the Hornet lead to 9-6.

Lyndon put together a three-goal run to open up the final quarter, and despite back-to-back goals from Samuelson and Whittemore, the Hornets held on the claim their first-ever playoff win, 14-8.

Whittemore led the Mariners with four goals, while Samuelson tallied a pair of goals and Michael Martel chipped in with a goal. Grant-Roy tallied a goal, two assists and a game-high eight ground balls while Michael Dedian tallied an assist, caused a turnover and scooped up three ground balls. Cody Schell recorded 10 saves in the loss, in net.

Kevin McCarthy and Spencer Aubin led the Hornet offense, each with four goals and one assist. Shea Jones added two goals and three assists while Zachary Carey chipped in three goals. Colin Young helped Lyndon take the faceoff battle going 13-for-24 with eight groundballs. Shane Morin registered the win in goal with 12 saves.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse defeated Thomas College 5-3 on Monday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action at Smith Field. 

With the win the Mariners improve to 4-7 overall and 4-3 in the NAC, while the Terriers drop to 2-8 on the season and 2-5 against conference opponents. The Mariners clinched the fourth seed in the upcoming NAC Tournament and will host fifth seeded Lyndon State College on Saturday, April 28.

Orion Sargent (Topsham, Maine) sparked a four-goal first quarter for the Mariners and added a goal in the second quarter to make it 5-0 at halftime.

The Terriers fought back, scoring three goals in the final 5:17 of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 5-3 but Maine Maritime's defense came up big to stop the Terriers' momentum and the Mariners came away with the 5-3 victory.

Sargent and Michael Martel led the Mariners with two goals each, while Alex Grant-Roy added a goal and two assists to go with two ground balls. Justin Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.) led the Mariners defensively with six caused turnovers and six ground balls, both William Evon and Nathan Granholm(Brunswick, Maine) added four caused turnovers, and Mitchell Farley (Biddeford, Maine) went 11-of-12 from the faceoff, scooping up six ground balls.

Jacob Kendall led the Terriers with two goals, Colby Blondin added a goal and two groun balls and Duncan McDougal caused four turnovers and two ground balls.

In net, Isaiah Weston (Mt. Vernon, Maine) was impressive stopping 11 shots to earn the victory, while Connor Lamberton also stopped 11 shots in the loss for Thomas.

Lyndon State College's Last Game: Lyndon State College men's lacrosse picked up a 23-3 North Atlantic Conference victory over Johnson State College on Monday afternoon.

The Hornets got on the scoreboard 2:20 into the opening period when James Ceglia scored unassisted.  Zachary Carey scored another unassisted goal two minutes later, and Logan Parenti won the ensuing faceoff and went right to the goal for another score to make it 3-0 Hornets with 11:48 remaining in the opening period.  Ethan Wehse got Johnson on the board with a man-up goal at the 10:29 mark. Neither team found the back of the net for the next ten minutes, until Lyndon's Spencer Aubin tallied with just eight seconds remaining in the quarter to make it 4-1, Hornets, after one.

Carey scored a man-up goal, taking a feed from Shea Jones, at the 8:45 mark of the second quarter. Johnson won the ensuing faceoff, but Parenti quickly forced a Badger turnover and found Carey for another score 20 seconds later. Aubin then found the back of the net for Lyndon's third goal in a 27 second stretch to extend the Hornet lead to 7-1.

Justin Servidori picked up an unassisted goal at the 7:06 mark of the second quarter, then Carey and Parenti quickly followed to put the Hornets in front, 10-1.  Lyndon tacked on three more goals in the last 1:23 of the quarter. First Jones found Aubin for a score, then Parenti found Nicholas Norheim.  Tom Lanza then scored unassisted to send the Hornets into half with a 13-1 advantage.

Lyndon continued to dominate play after the break, as Ceglia found Parenti for a score 2:10 into the third quarter.  Servidori nothced a goal a minute later when Aubin found him after forcing a turnover and recovering the ensuing ground ball.  Konnor Bick got into the act with a man-up goal at the 5:39 mark of the quarter.  Two minutes after that Johnson's Wehse scored his second goal of the game with an assist from Travis Benson.  Ceglia and Lanza both found the net in the final minute of the quarter to make the score 18-2, Lyndon, after three.

The Hornets tacked on five more goals in the final quarter, as Anthony Townsend, Conor Brennan, Servidori, Jet Magri, and Bick each picked up one goal in the quarter.  Benson was able to pick up a Johnson goal, off of an assist from Gerrit Lane.

Marcus Bessette picked up the win in goal for the Hornets, stopping eight of 11 Johnson shots on goal.  Patrick Bell made 20 saves for the Badgers in taking the loss.

Lyndon outshot Johnson, 64-18, and held a 52-30 advantage in ground balls.  The Hornets dominated on the faceoff, as Servidori won 11 of 12 and Parenti won 15 of 18.

The Mariners: After 11 games the Mariners are averaging 6.18 goals and 23.5 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 11.88 goals per game. The squad averages 49.4 percent on faceoffs and 69.1 percent on clear attempts.

Sawyer Watson leads the Mariners with 17 goals, while Zeke Tocci leads the team with 12 assists and William Evon leads the team with 27 caused turnovers. Mitchell Farley leads the Mariners with 62 ground balls. In net, Isaiah Weston has collected 113 saves, for a 50.0 save percentage. 

The Hornets: After 14 games the Hornets average 8.50 goals and 37.1 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 9.23 goals per game. The team averages 42.0 percent on the face off and 71.6 percent on clear attempts.

Shea Jones leads the Hornets with 26 goals, while Brandon Hunter leads the team with 63 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers. In net, Marcus Bessette has 209 saves for a 62.2 save percentage. 

All dates and start times are subject to change

Quarterfinals • Saturday, April 28
No. 6 Thomas (2-8, 2-5) at No. 3 Husson (5-7, 5-2)  - 1:00 p.m.  
No. 5 Lyndon (6-8 overall, 3-4 NAC) at No. 4 Maine Maritime (4-7, 4-3) - 2:00 p.m.

Semifinals • Wednesday, May 2
4/5 winner at No. 1 New England College (13-4, 7-0) - TBD
3/6 winner at No. 2 Castleton (9-7, 6-1) - TBD

Championship • Saturday, May 5 (at highest remaining seed)
Semifinal Winners - TBD

For the Interactive Tournament Bracket - click HERE.