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Men’s lacrosse faces tough challenge in high scoring NEC squad

HENNIKER, N.H. – The University of Maine at Farmington ran into a juggernaut in the form of the New England College men's lacrosse team on Tuesday, dropping a 28-3 decision to the Pilgrims at Don Melander Field.

UMaine-Farmington fell to 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the North Atlantic Conference, while New England College improved to 6-1 overall, 2-0 in conference play.

UMaine-Farmington got on the board first on TC Peters' second goal of the season, off an assist by Mike Foley, just 45 seconds into the game.  NEC would respond with two straight goals, including a goal by Adam Shute and another by Pat Miles. The Beavers knotted the game at 2-2 at the 9:31 mark in the first, after Michael Keim netted his second goal of the season off a feed from Nathan Chase.

The Pilgrim offense then came alive and rattled off 17 straight goals, including six in the first quarter and 11 in the second quarter, to build a 19-2 lead heading into halftime. 

Farmington struggled to generate a sustained offense, and recorded just one goal in the second half. NEC continued its torrid scoring pace, charting three third quarter goals and adding six more in the fourth quarter. 

The 28 goals allowed by the Beavers was the most in the five-year history of the program, eclipsing the previous mark of 27 set last season by New England College.

Peters finished with two goals for the Beavers with Keim recording a single score, with Chase earning a pair of assists and Foley getting credit for one.

Skylar Saunders netted two goals for the Pilgrims and dished out an impressive seven assists. Shute paced NEC with four goals, while Jonathan O'Brien and Liam Peck each finished with three goals. William Pendelton netted two goals and had two assists, while Garrett Naimie scored twice and had one assist.

NEC outshot UMaine-Farmington, 65-15, and held the 45-11 advantage in ground balls. 

Senior Ben Altmaier and freshman Joseph Maldonado split time in the UMF goal, and combined to make 23 saves of the 51 shots they faced. Pilgrim goalie Cody Kitson saw the majority of the time in the NEC goal, and combined with Charles Hayes to record nine saves.

UMaine-Farmington is scheduled to return to action on Saturday, March 29, when it was slated to host Castleton State College; that game will have to be moved or rescheduled due to excessive snow on Prescott Field. More information will be made available on Thursday or Friday.

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