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March 22, 2014

Eagles Falter Against Pilgrims in NAC Opener

HENNIKER, N.H.— Green Mountain College surrendered five goals to New England College senior attacker Adam Shute as he and the Pilgrims' men's lacrosse team sprinted past the Eagles 23-1 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Don Melander Field. 

With the win, the Pilgrims improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in NAC play, while the loss drops the Eagles to 0-5 overall and 0-1 against league opponents. 

In addition to Shute, the Pilgrims received three goals apiece from freshman Koda-Wataka Robinson, AJ Aitoro and Liam Peck. Nine different members of the team added single tallies, including first-year Derek Noble, who netted the first goal of his collegiate career. 

Sophomore attacker Skyler Saunders dished out a game-high five assists, while first-year Jonathan O'Brien totaled three assists. 

Green Mountain's lone goal was scored by Henniker native Charlie Petrick (Henniker, N.H.) on an unassisted effort. 

NEC wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Cam Scully scored less than a minute into the game. The Pilgrims would hold a 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, powered by four goals from Shute.

The Pilgrims would tack on eight more goals in the second quarter and would net five in the third quarter before Petrick scored for the Eagles on a breakaway. 

NEC's Chris Galluzo earned the win in net for the Pilgrims and totaled four saves in 30 minutes of action. First-year goalkeepers Charlie Hayes and Kyle Merck each saw a quarter of action in the second half and combined for five saves. Green Mountain senior netminder Luke Carey (Brooklyn, N.Y.) registered 17 saves in the loss. 

Sophomore Conor Abbatessa won 11 of 13 face-off attempts for the Pilgrims and also scooped up a game-high eight ground balls. Senior Pat Miles chipped in with six ground balls on the afternoon. Nick Mazzali (Simsbury, Conn.) won five face-offs for the Eagles, while Nick Parsons (Harpswell, Maine) had a team-best five ground balls.

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