PAXTON, Mass. – The Green Mountain College men's lacrosse team opened its season with a loss to Anna Maria College, 15-3, in non-conference action on Tuesday evening at AMCAT field. The AMCATS open their season with a 1-0 record while Green Mountain falls to 0-1.
Kurt Richardson led the AMCATS to victory with eight points from six goals and two assists on the night. Attackman, Brandon Pavoni joined Richardson on the leader board with five points of his own from three goals and two assists.
Midfielder Malik Griffith totaled a game-high seven ground balls to go along with a caused turnover.
The Eagles looked tentative to start the game as Anna Maria opened up scoring early in the first period with a goal by Kyle Benning with just 1:45 off the clock (1-0). Benning notched another goal just two minutes later receiving a pass from Pavoni and finding the upper right corner of the net. Richardson tallied three goals and Pavoni added two more over the remaining ten minutes to end the first period with the AMCATS leading 7-0.
The Eagles settled down in the second and third quarters, playing the AMCATs much more even over that stretch trailing in scoring just 4-3.
After the hosts' Ryan Rockwal scored in a man-up situation following a penalty on the Eagles, GMC got on the board in the second period as Rogers found his way to the back of the net with 6:18 on the clock for his first collegiate goal. John Bartose scored before the half ended to give the AMCATS a 9-1 lead entering the halftime break.
Just a minute and a half into the third period, AMCAT midfielder Paul Mills started up the scoring again and put the AMCATS up 10-1. The Eagles seemed to find some spark after the break as they responded to the AMCAT goal immediately. Wright tallied back-to-back goals to give Green Mountain their second and third goals of the game with 7:27 to play in the third (10-3). The AMCATS added one more goal in the third quarter (11-3).
Green Mountain seemed to run out of steam in the fourth as the AMCATS closed out the scoring with hour additional markers.
Paul Schwarz totaled 16 saves in net for the AMCATS to earn a 1-0 record to start the season. Diethelm recorded five saves in 38 minutes of play and Daniel McKinney tallied one save in 21 minutes of play in the loss for Green Mountain
Anna Maria was victorious on 11 of 20 face-offs on the day. Rogers compiled seven wins for the Eagles while Brendan Bartlett matched that game-high with seven face-off wins of his own.
Green Mountain returns to action on Monday, February 27 as it travels to Daniel Webster for a 7 p.m. non-conference contest at Rivier College.