NAC Quarterfinal: No. 5 Maine Maritime Academy at No. 4 Husson University

NAC Quarterfinal: No. 5 Maine Maritime Academy at No. 4 Husson University

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Friday's Game: No. 5 Maine Maritime Academy (6-5, 3-4 NAC) at No. 4 Husson University (5-7, 4-3 NAC), 4:00 p.m., Boucher Field, Bangor, Maine.

Series History: The Eagles hold a 4-0 all-time record over the Mariners, including a 1-0 record when hosting the Mariners.

The Mariners in the First Round of the Playoffs: The Mariners are making their second NAC Tournament appearance in program history, last season the team fell to UMaine-Farmington 15-4 in the NAC Quarterfinals. The Mariners clinched the fifth seed in this year's tournament, the highest in program history.

Playoff History: This is the first-ever meeting between the Mariners and the Eagles in the NAC Tournament.

Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy women's lacrosse fell to Husson University 15-8 during the regular season on April 4 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action at Ritchie Field.

Maddy Olsen put the Eagles on the board first, but the Mariners responded with back-to-back goals from Shelby O'Neil (Bar Harbor, Maine) and Madison Barry (Stoneham, Mass.) to take a 2-1 lead. The two teams exchanged goals before the Eagles scored two-straight to close out the half with a 4-3 advantage.

Husson scored six-unanswered goals to open up the second half. Madison Savary (Bath, Maine) tallied back-to-back free position goals to close the Eagles' lead to 10-5, and consecutive goals from Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) and O'Neil closed the lead to 12-8 at 6:14. The Eagles scored three goals in the final six minutes to hang on for the 15-8 victory.

Savary led the Mariners with a hat-trick, two assists, three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while both O'Neil and Barry net two goals. O'Neil also chipped in with four ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Barry tallied four ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Adams added a goal, a team-high five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Paige Daigle led the Eagles with four goals, while Amanda Deshaies and Maddy Olsen each net hat-tricks. Deshaies also dished out three assists, while leading all players with 11 draw controls.

Christina Wilson (East Granby, Conn.) recorded 12 saves in net in the loss for the Mariners, while Mallory Burchill tallied seven saves in the victory for the Eagles. 

The Eagles edged the Mariners in groundballs, 28-24 and draw controls 16-8. 

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Shelby O'Neil scored seven goals and dished out an assist to lead Maine Maritime Academy women's lacrosse to an 18-6 victory over Thomas College on Monday evening in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action at Bernatchez Field. 

With the win the Mariners improve to 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the NAC and clinch the fifth seed in the NAC Tournament. The Terriers conclude their season at 1-12 overall and 0-7 in conference play. Maine Maritime will travel to the fourth seed, Husson University on Friday, April 27 for a NAC Quarterfinal matchup.

The Mariners jumped out to a 4-1 lead, led by a pair of goals from O'Neil, but the Terriers used a three-goal run to tie the game at 4-4 with 11:38 to go in the first half. Madison Savary sparked a three-goal run for the Mariners with a goal at 9:24 and the Mariners took a 9-5 advantage into halftime.

Madison Barry opened up the scoring in the second half as the Mariners added nine goals in the second half to take the 18-6 victory.

O'Neil tied the Maine Maritime single-game record for most goals in a game (7) and most points in a game (8), while also leading all players with six draw controls and contributing a ground ball and a caused turnover. Sydney Adams added four goals, five draw controls and a caused turnover and Barry ended the evening with a hat-trick and an assist. Christina Wilson tallied a pair of goals to go along with three ground balls and two caused turnovers and both Savary and Olivia Le Blanc (Conifer, Colo.) chipped in with goals.

Amira Jones led the Terriers with a hat-trick, three draw controls, and two ground balls while Nikki Bradstreet added a goal and two assists, and Kimberly Banks led all players with six ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Maine Maritime's Sierra James (Campton, N.H.) earned the victory in net stopping 14 shots and scooping up three ground balls, while Sydni Collier stopped 12 shots in the loss for Thomas College.

Husson University's Last Game: Husson University women's lacrosse fell to the University of Farmington, 14-13, on Monday afternoon.

Farmington's Carly Raymond finished the day with four goals, five assists, six ground balls, for draw controls and five caused turnovers.

Isabella Monbouquette scored six goals with six shots on goal to go along with three ground balls and two caused turnovers while Sierra Gilley scored two goals. Keilly Lynch and Amber Bell each scored one goal for the Beavers while Heather Boland made eight saves. 

Cali Newton scored three goals for the Eagles with four ground balls and one caused turnover while Maddy Olsen scored three goals on six shots to go along with five draw controls. Paige Daigle scored three goals with two assists, three ground balls, and one caused turnover. Makenna Mont and Amanda Deshaies each scored two goals while Mallory Burchill made four saves on the day for the Eagles.

The Mariners: After 11 games the Mariners are averaging 10.45 goals and 22.2 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 10.0 goals per game. The squad averages 10.18 draw controls per game and 54.0 percent on free position opportunities.

Shelby O'Neil leads the Mariners with 31 goals each, Madison Savary leads the team with 10 assists, and Morgan Libby (Brunswick, Maine) leads the team with 39 ground balls and both Sydney Adams and Libby lead the team with 16 caused turnovers. Adams also leads the team with 36 draw controls. In net, Sierra James is 4-1 in the last five games, tallying 51 saves and only allowing 39 goals for a 56.7 save percentage.

The Eagles: After 12 games the Eagles are averaging 12.08 goals and 27.8 shots per game, while allowing opponents to score 12.82 goals per game. As a team the Eagles average 12.75 draw controls per game and 41.3 percent on free position opportunities.

Amanda Deshaies leads the Eagles with 37 goals, 15 assists, 66 ground balls, 72 draw controls and 39 caused turnovers. In net, Mallory Burchill leads the team with 104 saves, for a 41.1 save percentage.

All dates and start times are subject to change

Quarterfinals • Friday, April 27
No. 5 Maine Maritime (6-5 overall, 3-4 NAC) at No. 4 Husson (5-7, 4-3) - 4:00 p.m.
No. 6 UMaine-Farmington (6-9, 3-4) at No. 3 New England College (8-7, 5-2) - 5:30 p.m.

Semifinals • Sunday, April 29
4/5 winner at No. 1 Castleton (9-6, 7-0) - TBD
3/6 winner at No. 2 Colby-Sawyer (9-5, 5-2) - TBD

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

For the Interactive Tournament Bracket - click HERE.