Eagles Fly to Maine for NAC Weekend Action
POULTNEY, Vt. – After being overwhelmed Tuesday evening against the neighboring Spartans, Green Mountain looks to right the ship this weekend as they prepare for back-to-back North Atlantic Conference match-ups Friday and Saturday.
Friday evening the Eagles will pay a visit to the Beavers of the University of Maine Farmington in search of retribution after losing at home to the Beavers earlier in the season 81-46. For the Eagles, senior guard Chelsea Paul (Northville, N.Y.) and senior forward Jacque Caster (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) will play large roles offensively and will be expected to keep the Farmington off the offensive glass. Green Mountain will hope to improve their ball control on offense as they enter the weekend averaging 24.8 turnovers a game in conference play.
The Beavers have lost three straight games with the most recent loss coming on the 22nd at Colby, 72-50. Despite coming into the game on a losing streak, the team has shared the ball well offensively averaging 11 assists per game. The recipient of many of these passes has been senior forward Kenni Norton (Strong, Maine) who is averaging a team-high 12.4 points per game. Second-chance points are also a big part of the Beaver offense as they average 14 offensive rebounds per game in conference play.
Following Friday evening's contest, the Eagles will make the short journey to Thomas College on Saturday and take on the Terriers while Farmington will remain at home to battle Castleton.
Saturday's match-up will see a close encounter between the Eagles and Terriers as the Terriers were able to eke out a 79-75 victory early in the season when they visited the Eagle Dome. The Eagles will be intent on exacting revenge and splitting the season series.
As both teams will have played the previous day, it will be important for players to step up and provide energy. For the Eagles, sophomore forward Amber Heath (Windsor, Vt.) and freshman guard Maria Lafond (Schenectady, N.Y.) will be instrumental to the Eagles' success. Also playing a big role will be defensive team rebounding for the Eagles as the Terriers were able to pull down 20 offensive rebounds in their previous encounter.
The Terriers will be relying on their tough defense that averages eight steals and nearly four blocks a game to stifle the visiting Eagles. Freshman standout Megan Pelletier, (Winslow, Maine) will be a huge factor for the Terriers as she enters the weekend having earned this week's NAC Rookie of the Week award. Pelletier is averaging 17.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in NAC play thus far.
The conclusion of this weekend will mark the end of the Eagles' four- game road stint and they will have nearly a week to prepare for visits from both Husson and Maine Maritime the following weekend.