Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-2, 0-0 NAC) vs. SUNY Delhi (3-2, 0-0 NAC), 1:00 pm, Red Dragon Field, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, New York.
Maine Maritime in Conference Openers: The Mariners are 9-8 in conference openers, and are looking for their first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opener since 2006.
Series History: This is the first-ever meeting between Maine Maritime and the NAC newcomers, SUNY Delhi.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: 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.
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.
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.
SUNY Delhi's Last Game: The SUNY Delhi men's lacrosse team fought back from a 4-1 first-quarter deficit at Cazenovia Wednesday, holding the Wildcats to just four more goals, including a third-quarter shutout, to come away with a 13-8 victory.
King White gave Delhi the early 1-0 lead just one minute in, but the Wildcats reeled off the next four scores to go up by a 4-1 score with two minutes left. But Delhi quickly got back in the game on account of Travis Biggs and Brian Conti goals to close out the period down just 4-3. The Broncos resumed work in the second quarter, holding Caz to just one goal, while firing in three scores to take a 6-5 lead at intermission.
Delhi held its opponents scoreless in the third quarter and tacked on three scores. Biggs once again found the back of the net for his third goal of the afternoon, followed by Malik Talbert supplying the ensuing two scores as the Broncos went up, 9-5, entering the fourth. The Broncos then put some distance with three more goals to start the final period, courtesy of Talbert and two more from John Rohan to give Delhi its largest lead at 12-5 with six minutes remaining. Three goals from Caz and one more from Talbert accounted for the remaining scoring.
Talbert finished with five points on four goals and one assist, Biggs completed his second hat trick of his young career, and Travis Anderson logged 16 saves on 24 shots faced.
Delhi outshot Cazenovia, 62-37, including 39-24 in shots on goal, as they went up against a 26-save performance from Wildcats keeper Matt Deyette. The Broncos cashed in on 3-of-7 man-up opportunities, while holding the Wildcats to no scores on their two man-up chances. Delhi also was successful on 18-of-22 clears, and won 14 faceoffs to Caz's 10. Nick Dower won 13 of them, while Steve Lezamiz came through for the remainder.
The Mariners: After two games, the Mariners average 6.00 goals and 20.5 shots per game, while averaging 20.0 percent on man-up opportunities, 37.5 percent from the faceoff and 63.2 percent on clears.
Zeke Tocci leads the Mariners with four goals, both Alex Snowman and Jayden Wilson led the way with two assists, and William Evon leads the team defensively with 10 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. In net, Matthew Emery has collected 24 saves, in 90 minutes of play.
The Broncos: After five games the Broncos average 10.60 goals and 39.4 shots per game, while averaging 33.3 percent on man-up opportunities, 50.9 percent on faceoffs and 79 percent on clears.
John Rohan III leads the Broncos with 16 goals, Malik Talbert leads the way with six assists, Nick Dower has a team-leading 37 ground balls, and both Ryan Cumisky and Antoni Russo lead the team with five caused turnovers. In net, Travis Anderson has 68 saves, while only allowing 45 goals for a 60.2 save percentage.