Nashua, NH - With the temperatures warming up, so is the play of the Green Mountain men's lacrosse team. While they were unable to come away from a road game with a victory, the team made great strides with regards to its performance when compared to the season opener against Emmanuel. With the 17-7 loss to the Rivier College Raiders, the Eagles record to open the season stands at 0-2. The Raiders (3-0) remain unbeaten to start the 2012 campaign.
Rivier jumped out to a 1 – 0 lead just a minute into the game. Mike Arricale (Billerica, MA), continued his scoring streak, with a sharp diagonal drive across the face of the goal before letting one fly to open up the scoring. However, the lead was short lived, with the Eagles quickly answering on a goal by sophomore Chris Milholland (Freeport, ME). Milholland took advantage of a defensive lapse and found space to knot the game up early on. Over the opening six minutes of the 1st quarter the Eagles seemed to find their rhythm, helped out by a nice save from GMC sophomore goalkeeper Luke Carey (Brooklyn, NY) on an individual effort by Ryan Woolaver (Tewksbury, MA) at the 5:00 minute mark.
As the quarter moved on, the Raiders began to find some consistency to their attack and took control. Jeff Kelly (Westborough, MA) got the Raiders' second goal, and that sparked the team. The Raiders quickly put two tough shots on net after that, with a good Danny Hooper (Wakefield, RI) shot turned away by an excellent save from Carey. The Raiders kept the pressure up though, and Woolaver struck again with 4:43 left in the 1st on a nifty little stick move to open up space for him to release his shot. Woolaver's goal came off of a nice transition attack Green Mountain hung around, scoring a late goal by junior Toliver DiMasi (Winooski, VT), to cut the score to 3 - 2. Rivier answered right away with Arricale connecting 12 seconds leader to restore the Raiders two goal lead.
Junior Oliver Osnoss (Chilmark, MA) opened the 2nd quarter with a strike for Green Mountain that cut the Raiders lead to 4 – 3. Rivier responded quickly with Woolaver adding his second of the day. The Woolaver strike was the first of 6 unanswered strikes for the Raiders in the 2nd quarter, with Tim Wall (Peabody, MA), Hooper, Arricale, and another for Woolaver blowing the game open during the quarter leading to a 10-3 score at the half.
Any hopes of finding their way back into the game in the 3rd quarter for Green Mountain were put to sleep with Rivier connecting for 7 goals. The Raiders continued to carry the play and dominated the quarter with 6 unanswered goals to open up the 3rd, before Green Mountain notched another strike.
Even late in the game, Green Mountain continued to display a gritty effort and was rewarded with a 3 goal run to cut the score to 17 – 7. By that point in the game, the lead was effectively out of reach.
Chris Benoit (Blackstone, MA) finished the game with 4 saves in net to earn the victory for the Raiders, while Carey stopped 14 of 31 shots in defeat.
Next on the schedule for Green Mountain will be North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opponent Lyndon State College, as the Eagles prepare to open conference play and host their first home game of the season. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Rivier College will also be back in action on Saturday, March 24th, as it prepares to host Great Northeast Conference (GNAC) opponent Emerson College with a start time slated for 1:00 p.m.