(Poultney, Vt.) – Matt Quesada (Coram, N.Y.) tallied six goals and netminder Jesse Morkeski (Damariscotta, Maine) notched 12 saves, leading the visiting Thomas College Terriers to 17-8 victory over Green Mountain College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men’s lacrosse action Sunday afternoon.
The Terriers improve to 3-7 (3-2) while the Eagles fall to 1-7 overall and remain winless in NAC play (0-5).
Bradley Stiles (Westbrook, Maine) scored the first of his four goals for Thomas just two minutes into the contest and tacked on a second with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter, giving the visitors and early 2-0 advantage. Quesada opened his account less than a minute later before Stiles notched his third on a feed from Jeffery Morse (Westbrook, Maine) at the 3:17 mark.
Matt Tarricone (Oneonta, N.Y.) got the Eagles on the board with seven seconds left in the first on an assist from Eric Hansel (Annapolis, Md.) in a man-up situation, but Quesada added a pair of tallies minutes in the second, giving Thomas a 6-1 edge. The Terriers added three more before Mike Smith (Georgetown, Mass.) gave the home side a measure of momentum heading into the break, tallying with 32 ticks remaining.
Morse quickly added to the Terriers lead in the third on a Quesada feed to take a 10-2 advantage. Green Mountain tried to claw their way back into the match, but couldn’t close the gap over the final two periods, falling to their fifth-straight defeat.
Ethan Whaley (Exeter, N.H.) stopped 13 shots for GMC who struggled to find an offensive rhythm, converting only 6-of-19 clear attempts. Tarricone led the Eagles with a pair of markers, one assist, and a game-high ground balls while defender Charles Petrick (Henniker, N.H.) caused six turnovers and scooped six ground balls.
Stiles finished the afternoon with four goals, two helpers and three GB’s while Mores added two goals and three assists.
Green Mountain returns to action Wednesday when they host league-leaders Castleton State College at 4:00 pm.