Monks Hold Off Mariners

Monks Hold Off Mariners

STANDISH, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's lacrosse fell to Saint Joseph's College of Maine 19-9, on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action at the SJC Athletic Complex.

How it Happened: Zac LaRoche put the Monks on the board quickly, but Maine Maritime's Jayden Wilson (Lewiston, Maine) evened the game at 1-1 with his first career goal at 12:52. Saint Joe's responded with a seven-goal run to take a 8-1 lead into the final four minutes of the first quarter, before Nathan Granholm (Brunswick, Maine) added a goal to cut the gap to six.

Zeke Tocci (Naples, Maine) added a pair of goals for the Mariners in the second quarter, but the Monks added three goals to take an 11-4 lead into halftime. 

The Monks never relinquished the lead, while adding four goals in both of the last two quarters to take the 19-9 victory.   

Inside the Numbers: Tocci and Wilson led the Mariners with three goals each, while Tocci added two ground balls and Wilson added two assists, a ground ball and a caused turnover. 

Sawyer Watson (Topsham, Maine) chipped in with two goals and two ground balls, while both Brandon Gagne (South Portland, Maine) and William Evon (Barrington, Ill.) led the Mariners with three caused turnovers and Alex Snowman (Sarasota, Fla.) contributed an assist, and a team-best seven ground balls, while going 12-for-22 on the faceoff. 

In net, Matthew Emery (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) tallied 15 saves in the loss for the Mariners. 

Michael Finn led the Monks with five goals, two assists, a ground ball and a caused turnover, Zack Hamilton added three goals, and both Shane Puleo and Daniel Cunningham contributed two goals. Alex Osmanski added a game-high eight ground balls and both Osmanski and Raymond led Saint Joe's with three caused turnovers.

Logan Skinner earned the victory in net for the Monks. 

The Monks held a slight 30-27 edge in ground balls, both teams won 16 faceoffs. The Mariners went 6-for-6 on clears, while the Monks went 4-of-6 on clear opportunities.

Up Next: With the loss the Mariners fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Monks improve to 3-2 overall. Maine Maritime returns to action on Saturday when they travel to New York to take on SUNY Delhi on the campus of SUNY Oneonta for their North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opener at 1:00 pm.