POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain men's lacrosse had five players score two or more goals in the team's 13-3 victory over Johnson State in North Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday afternoon at Eagles Game Field. The win is the first of the season for the team after six losses and the first of the career for head coach Kevin Zuchorski. The Eagles are now 1-6 overall and 1-2 in the NAC while the loss sends the Badgers to an 0-7 record with an 0-4 mark in conference play.
Both teams were quiet offensively to open the game with the score knotted at just 1-1 after one period of play. Johnson State opened the scoring with 1:10 left to play in the opening quarter as Rhys Keenhold ripped a shot home off a Jayden Vargas feed.
Braden Kietzman fired home two back-to-back markers to give the hosts a two goal lead with eight minutes to go in the second quarter. That is how the game stood until about two minutes to go in the half. Green Mountain took advantage of an extended period with the man advantage after a Johnson player was slapped with a match penalty.
During that time the Eagles tallied four man-up goals, two from Deven Rogers to increase the lead to 7-1 at the break.
GMC continued its streak of 11 unanswered goals between the second and fourth quarter before Keenhold and Andrew Baker notched back-to-back goals for Johnson. Brandon Fain scored his second of the game with 6:38 remaining in the game to finalize the scoring on the afternoon.
Green Mountain was led by Kietzman who recorded four goals, three assists and 10 groundballs in his collegiate debut. The faceoff specialist was also 11-for-12 at the face-off X. The Eagles received a pair of goals from Patrick Carey, Rogers, Fain and Gerken. The final trio also tallied two assists with Rogers also picking up five groundballs. Surdam contributed a goal and two helpers along with five groundballs. Ethan Cooper led the team defensively with three caused turnovers and eight groundballs.
Johnson State got a pair of goals from Keenhold to go with his game-high 11 groundballs. Baker recorded the other JSC goal while Brett Woods stood out defensively with seven groundballs.
Carl Diethelm manned the pipes for the Eagles surrendering just one goal while stopping eight shots on net for the win. Daniel McKinney relieved Diethelm with close to six and half minutes in net. Travis Brown filled in admirably in net for the Badgers making 14 stops in his first game this season. Frank Spiese earned a couple of minutes as an emergency backstop.
Green Mountain will face Lyndon on Saturday in its next game at 3:30 p.m. while the Badgers will host Castleton on April 20th in a 4:30 p.m. game.