Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Nichols College

Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Nichols College

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Tuesday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (4-4, 2-3 NAC) vs. Nichols College (4-7, 0-5 CCC), 4:00 p.m., Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine, Senior Day.

Series History: This is the first-ever meeting between Maine Maritime Academy and Nichols College.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's lacrosse defeated Lyndon State College 17-2, on Saturday morning in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action at Varsity Field.

The Mariners improve to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference, while the Hornets fall to 3-5 on the season and 0-4 in the NAC. Maine Maritime returns to action on Tuesday, April 17 when they host Nichols College for Senior Day at 4:00 pm.

Madison Savary (Bath, Maine) led Maine Maritime with four goals, an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover, Madison Barry (Stoneham, Mass.) added a hat-trick and a pair of assists to go with a ground ball and a caused turnover and Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) also net a hat-trick while scooping up five ground balls, four draw controls and causing two turnovers. 

Christina Wilson (East Granby, Conn.) added two goals, an assist, four ground balls and two caused turnovers, Morgan Libby (Brunswick, Maine) added two goals, a game-high six ground balls, four draw controls and a caused turnover and Shelby O'Neil (Bar Harbor, Maine) added a pair of goals, three ground balls and a caused turnover.

Taylor Cavaliero and Elizabeth Start added goals for the Hornets, Mikayla Hodge added a team-high three ground balls and Michaela Columbia led all players with four caused turnovers.

In net, Maine Maritime's Sierra James (Campton, N.H.) stopped eight shots in the victory, while Lyndon's Paige Daley recorded six saves in the loss.

The Mariners won the battle of ground balls, 25-18 and draw controls 12-9, while also outshooting the Hornets 29-16.

Nichols College's Last Game: The Nichols College women's lacrosse team opened the second half on an 8-1 run to pull away for a 16-9 victory over the University of Maine-Farmington on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action in Dudley, Mass.

Junior Kirsten Sullivan led the Bison attack with five goals and an assist, while O'Connell registered three goals, an assist, two groundballs, and two draw controls. Birmingham also had a multi-point day with two goals, an assist, and three groundballs, while sophomore Miranda Smith found the back of the net three times in the win.

LaFleur had an all-around game with two assists, seven groundballs, three caused turnovers, and five draw controls. Sophomore Danielle Kozloski and Allison Bench also added goals, while Olivia Normandin potted her first career tally in the victory.

Sophomore Emily Eagan registered 14 saves and three groundballs in her fourth win of the season. Her counterpart, junior Heather Boland, recorded 16 saves in the setback.

Carly Raymond led the Beavers with two goals and five assists to go with four groundballs and four draw controls. Senior Sierra Gilley added two goals and two assists, while sophomore Keilly Lynch netted a hat-trick with four groundballs, two caused turnovers, and eight draw controls.

The Bison held a slight 36-33 edge in shots in the game, while the Beavers held an advantage in both groundballs (26-22) and draw controls (19-8). Nichols forced 21 Maine-Farmington turnovers while committing 17 of its own in the victory. 

Nichols began the game on a 5-1 run as Birmingham and Kozloski opened up the scoring before an O'Connell tally and back-to-back goals from Sullivan answered a Gilley goal for the Beavers. UMF answered with two-straight goals to pull to within 5-3, and O'Connell ended the run with her second goal of the day to double-up the Beavers at 6-3.

Lynch scored again for the Beavers with 8:56 remaining, and Sullivan responded with another goal followed by Miranda Smith's first goal of the game to extend the Nichols lead back to 8-4 with 7:23 to play. The Beavers would score the final two goals of the period to trail only 8-6 headed into halftime. 

Out of the break, Smith and Raymond exchanged goals before the Bison went on a 7-0 run over the next 17 minutes of game action to take a commanding 16-7 lead. The Beavers would score twice in the closing minutes to give the game its final score, 16-9.

The Mariners: After eight games the Mariners are averaging 9.75 goals and 20.6 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 9.25 goals per game. The squad averages 9.63 draw controls per game and 50 percent on free position opportunities.

Sydney Adams leads the Mariners with 19 goals and 23 draw controls, Madison Savary leads the team with nine assists and Shelby O'Neil has a team-high six free position goals. Morgan Libby leads the team with 31 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. In net, Sierra James has 10 saves, while only allowing three goals for a 76.9 save percentage. 

The Bison: After 11 games the Bison are averaging 12.36 goals and 33 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 14.27 goals per game. The squad averages 13.36 draw controls per game and averages 33.9 percent on free position opportunities.

Kirsten Sullivan leads the Bison with 33 goals, while Melissa LeFleur leads the team with 12 assists, 43 ground balls, 68 draw controls and 17 caused turnovers.