POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College celebrated senior day in its game against North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opponent UMaine-Farmington losing to the Beavers 19-8 on Saturday afternoon at Eagles Game Field.
Four senior members of the Eagles' squad were honored before the game in a small ceremony held on the field. The GMC fans, families and teammates celebrated the tremendous contributions of Mike Smith (Georgetown, Mass.), Luke Carey (Brookleyn, N.Y.), Charlie Petrick (Henniker, N.H. and Johnathan Timmons (Fiddletown, Calif.) to the GMC program.
When Smith has been on the field, he has been an offensive catalyst for the Eagles, scoring 37 goals. Carey has minded the net for the past three years and has become the College's all-time leader in saves (362*) and minutes played (1825*) and before today's contest, ranked 9th in the NCAA with 14.7 saves per game. Petrick has been a rock in the midfield as a four-year captain becoming the all-time leader in caused turnovers (62*) and ranks third in groundballs with (150*). Timmons had never played lacrosse until he picked up a stick in his junior year and this season scored the team's first goal of the season and first of his career.
The first quarter of action was tightly contested. As the first quarter drew to an end the two teams were deadlocked in a 2-2 game. UMF's Jake Linkletter opened the scoring converting a pass from Sean Berce that beat GMC goalkeeper Luke Carey to his left.
After a penalty to the Beavers, the Eagles capitalized with the man up when Mike Smith ripped home a pass from Kyle Walz (Pine Bush, N.Y.) with a high shot over the shoulder of UMF's netminder Ben Altmaier.
The two teams would trade goals twice again extending into the second quarter as Linkletter and Smith scored again for their respective teams, while UMF's TC Peters and GMC's Nick Parsons (Harpwell, Maine) would also trade markers to keep the score even at 3-3 with 11:09 to play in the second quarter.
The visitors broke open the game as the second quarter wound down rattling off five unanswered goals, three of which came off the stick of Linkletter, to take an 8-3 lead. Smith scored another man up goal for the home side, but UMF's Brandon Melville and Linkletter would score two more before the half ended to give the Beavers a comfortable 10-4 halftime lead.
UMaine-Farmington (4-6, 4-4 NAC) outscored Green Mountain 9-5 in the second half of the game to ice the win, outshooting the hosts 26-14.
Linkletter led all players with eight goals and two assists, while teammate Melville notched four markers and two helpers. Berce, Peters and Nathan Chase all had multiple point games for the Beavers. Mike Foley led the defense with great on the ball defending with the long stick and had a team-high seven groundballs.
Green Mountain (0-11, 0-7 NAC) was led by Smith who recorded five goals and two assists, while Parsons added two goals and a helper. Petrick and Walz also enjoyed multiple point days for the Eagles. Parsons was dynamic on both sides of the ball and earned a career-high 17 groundballs.
Altmaier turned aside nine shots on net in the win for the Beavers, while Carey also stopped nine shots in net for the Eagles, taking the loss.
Green Mountain will next host Daniel Webster College on Monday at 4 p.m.Today's game marked the end of the regular season for UMaine-Farmington.