Hornets Overpower Mariners in NAC Quarterfinals

Hornets Overpower Mariners in NAC Quarterfinals

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to 8-5 to Lyndon State College on Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Quarterfinal matchup at Ritchie Field.

With the loss the Mariners finish the 2018 season at 4-8 overall, while the Hornets improve to 7-8 on the season and will advance to the NAC Semifinals on Wednesday, May 2 against the top-seed, New England College. 

The Hornets scored the only goal in the first quarter when Zachary Carey found the back of the net on a pass from teammate Shea Jones. Lyndon added two goals in the second quarter to take a 3-0 lead, but Alex Grant-Roy (Biddeford, Maine) cut the deficit to 3-1 with two seconds to go in the half.

Lyndon's Spencer Aubin extended the lead to 4-1 on an unassisted goal at 1:28, but Tom Anderson (Danvers, Mass.) added a goal for the Mariners to make it 4-2 with just over 10 minutes to go in the third. The Hornets scored a goal with 65 seconds to go in the quarter, and Orion Sargent (Topsham, Maine) gave the Mariners another last second goal to close Lyndon's lead to 5-3 entering the fourth quarter.

Sawyer Watson (Topsham, Maine) scored in the first minute of the fourth quarter to cut Lyndon's lead to one, 5-4, but the Hornets went on a three-goal run to build a 8-4 lead entering the final minutes of the game and despite a late-game goal from Grant-Roy, Lyndon held on for the victory.

Grant-Roy led the Mariners with two goals, two assists, six ground balls and a caused turnover, while Anderson, Sargent, and Watson, chipped in with the other goals. William Evon (Barrington, Ill.) led the Mariners with seven ground balls and four caused turnovers, and Nathan Granholm (Brunswick, Maine) scooped up six ground balls and a caused turnover. Mitchell Farley (Biddeford, Maine) went 11-of-17 from the faceoff. 

Aubin, Carey, and James Ceglia led the Hornets with two goals each, while Shea Jones added a goal and three assists. Brandon Hunter led the Hornets with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Maine Maritime's Isaiah Weston (Mt. Vernon, Maine) earned the loss in net for the Mariners with five saves, while Marcus Bessette earned the victory making eight saves.

The Mariners won the battle of ground balls 30-22.