NEC Men’s Lacrosse Opens NAC Play Beating Maine Maritime Academy
HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College men’s lacrosse would open North Atlantic Conference (NAC) with a victory beating the visiting Maine Maritime Academy Mariners 15-5 Saturday afternoon.
With the win the Pilgrims improve to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in NAC play, while the loss drops the Mariners to 0-5 on the season and 0-1 in the NAC.
The Pilgrims would open the scoring five minutes into play as Brian Gillis (North Vancouver, B.C.) would connect with his team-high thirteenth goal of the season assisted by Chris Collins (Barrington, R.I.). NEC would extend their lead to 2-0 at the 3:26 mark in the first as Collins would score a man-up goal assisted by James Putney (Mountain Lakes, N.J.). Maine Maritime would respond quickly as Alex Hermes (Fallsington, Pa.) would take the ensuing faceoff in for a goal cutting the lead to 2-1. The Pilgrims would then net two goals in a 30 second span and the Mariners would net the final goal of the quarter as NEC would head into the second quarter up 4-2.
NEC would build their lead to 7-3with 4:30 remaining in the second quarter thanks to a goal by Putney and two scored by Adam Shute (Calgary, Alberta). The two teams would close out the final four minutes exchanging a pair of goals as the Pilgrims would head into halftime with the 9-5 advantage.
The second half would be all Pilgrims as they would post two third quarter goals and four unanswered fourth quarter goals en route to the 15-5 victory.
Leading the way for the Pilgrims was Brian Gillis who finished with a game-high five goals and one assist. NEC’s James Putney scored two goals to go along with four assists, while Adam Shute posted three scores on the afternoon.
Leading the way for Maine Maritime was Alex Hermes and Tom Houle (Manchester, N.H.) who each scored twice for the Mariners.
Picking up the win in net for NEC was Cody Kitson (Shelton, Conn.) who finished with six saves, also seeing time in goal for the Pilgrims was Chris Galluzzo (New London, N.H.) who finished with seven saves. In goal for Maine Maritime was Erik Milles (Bangor, Maine) who stopped 16 shots on net.
NEC returns to action on Wednesday, March 27 when they travel to take on non-conference opponent University of Southern Maine. Maine Maritime will hit the field on Sunday, March 24 when they host non-conference opponent Mass. Maritime.
Goals by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Final
Maine Maritime Academy 2 3 0 0 5
New England College 4 5 2 4 15