Poultney, VT – Fresh off of a shutout loss to Castleton on Wednesday, the Green Mountain College men's lacrosse team is headed to Maine Friday to engage in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) battle with the University of Maine at Farmington Beavers. Game time is scheduled for 3:15 p.m at Prescott Field. On Saturday, the team will face off against NAC foe Thomas at 1:15 p.m. to complete its tour of Maine.
The Eagles (0-5 overall, 0-2 NAC) were in over their heads against an experienced Spartan squad in the team's 7-0 loss on Wednesday. Charles Petrick (Henniker, NH) was the only GMC player to register a shot on net as the Spartans controlled the ball and the tempo of play for the majority of the match. The team will look to rebound and come out with more energy against the Beavers.
UMF (1-5 overall, 0-2) is coming off a narrow 8-5 defeat to Lyndon last Saturday. The Beavers started out strong against the Hornets, leading 2-1 after the opening quarter. Lyndon would respond with five unanswered goals over the second and third quarters to grab a 6-2 and although UMF would draw within two goals twice in the final five minutes, the team was unable to complete the comeback falling in the end.
The Beavers demonstrated a balanced offensive attack as five different players would account for the scoring. Ben Altmaier (Wilton, ME), Jon-Michael Roy (Kents Hill, ME), Tennessee Peters (Scarborough, ME), Nathan Chase (Wells, ME) and Brandon Melville (Farmington, ME) each potted a goal for the Beavers while Matt Roy (Kents Hill, ME) helped out with two assists and Altmaier one.
The Eagles and Beavers have split two games in their brief history. Both teams will be looking to win the rubber match after UMF evened the all time series last year by edging the Eagles 9-8 on April 16th. In that game GMC trailed 7-1 at the half, but made a furious comeback bid only to fall just short in the loss.
Roy was the Beavers' leading scorer in that game with two goals and two assists while Peters would add a goal and two assists in support of the offense. The Eagles' offensive stars from a year ago are no longer with the team, so GMC will be looking to its younger core to pick up the slack, such as sophomores Chris Milholland (Freeport, ME) and Petrick. Senior midfielder Oliver Osnoss (Chilmark, MA) will help the young Eagles with his experience and play-making ability.
Thomas (1-6 overall, 0-1 NAC) will play Castleton on Friday before taking on the Eagles. In their last game, the Terriers were dealt a shutout loss by Maine Maritime 17-0. The story of the game for the Terriers was turnovers as the team coughed up the ball 14 times during a seven goal run in the first quarter and the turnovers continued to plague Thomas throughout the game. The team's offense was just unable to gain the offensive zone with any consistency leading to the lopsided score.
The Eagles have lost four consecutive games to the Terriers dating back to 2008. Thomas emerged victorious from last year's game, beating GMC by a 17-8 final score. Fortunately for the Eagles, the Terriers top four scorers from that game are no longer on the Thomas roster, although Sean Machin (Brunswick, ME) did notch three assists in the win. Toliver DiMasi (Winooski, VT) and Osnoss were the main contributors to the eight goals scored in last year's defeat and those two will be gearing up for an encore performance as the Eagles attempt to win their first game of the season.
The Eagles will rest for the week until Saturday, April 14, when the team will return home for a 1:00 p.m. NAC matchup against Maine Maritime. UMF will host Castleton on Saturday, April 7th, while Thomas will also rest until next Saturday when it travels to face Johnson State for a 2:30 p.m. tilt.