Eagles Rough Start Against Purchase Ends in Loss

PURCHASE, N.Y. – The Green Mountain College men's lacrosse team was overwhelmed early by SUNY Purchase as the Eagles fell 23-3 in non-conference action last Saturday at Purchase Stadium.

The win improved the Panthers' record to 2-2. The loss dropped Green Mountain to 0-3 to start the season.

James Felix had a productive day for Purchase as he scored seven times and added two assists in the victory.

The Panthers led 6-0 after the first period, backed by three early goals from Felix. Ben Erkan got Purchase on the board first and finished the game with four goals his own. 

The hosts built a 12-0 lead before the Eagles got on the scoreboard with a goal from junior midfielder Will Durant (Plymouth, Mass.) who converted on his third goal of the year on a pass from senior middie Brandon Bellissimo (Chicago, Ill.). 

Durant notched his fourth of the season in the third quarter as he hooked up once again with Bellissimo. 

Chris Surdam (Plymouth, Mass.) struck for an unassisted goal right off the opening faceoff for the Eagles to open the fourth quarter with his third goal of the season rounding out the offensive output for GMC.

Christian Maldonado and Dylan Gethicker added hat tricks for Purchase, while Calvin Amaro chipped in with a pair of markers. Shane Sanders assisted on five of the team's goals.

Erkin followed behind Felix' game-high nine points, registering three assists to go with his four goals for seven points. He also notched a game-best 11 ground balls. 

Sophomore midfielder Deven Rogers (Oxford, Maine) led the Eagles on the ground with four groundballs while senior attackman Blake Hay (Damariscotta, Maine) earned eight wins at the faceoff X. 

Senior goalie Matt Sonntag (Pompton Plains, N.J.) was ticketed with the loss after making five stops in net for the Eagles through the first 37 minutes of action. Junior goalie Chelsea Wimble (Colchester, Vt.) picked up Sonntag in net and stopped four shots in 23 minutes.

Green Mountain will head to Maine on Saturday to kick off the North Atlantic Conference portion of the schedule with a tilt against Maine Maritime at 1 p.m.