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Beavers break into win column with 11-4 victory over Lyndon

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington men's lacrosse team got hat tricks from three different players on its way to an 11-4 win over North Atlantic Conference rival Lyndon State College, Saturday afternoon at the University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Field.

Seniors Brandon Melville and Jake Linkletter and sophomore Nathan Chase each recorded three goals for the Beavers, with Melville also get credited with a pair of assists.

UMaine-Farmington jumped out to a four-goal lead before Lyndon State even got on the scoreboard, with goals by Melville and Sean Berce in the opening quarter. Melville added his second and Chase notched his first in the latter half of the second quarter, giving the Beavers a 4-0 lead with 4:46 left in the frame.

Colin Young and Richard Aberle, Jr., answered for Lyndon in the waning minutes of the second stanza, cutting the Beavers' lead to 4-2 at the intermission.

Chase struck twice more while Melville completed his hat trick early in the third quarter, extending Farmington's lead to 8-2 with 4:33 left in the period. Young got one of those back before the quarter was out, and UMF headed into the last 15 minutes of play with an 8-3 lead.

The Beavers added three more goals in a chippy fourth quarter of play. Linkletter beat Lyndon goalie Marcus Bessette twice, sandwiched around a score by Berce, and chasing him from the game at the 6:34 mark in favor of backup Shane Morin.

Dominic DiTommaso capped the scoring with Lyndon's final goal with 4:18 left to play.

Berce tallied two goals and two assists for the Beavers, with Cameron McAllister getting one assist and TC Peters charting three assists.

UMaine-Farmington outshot Lyndon State, 52-25, and had 68 ground balls to the Hornets' 34.

Farmington goalie Ben Altmaier was challenged just 10 times during the game, and recorded six saves. Bessette recorded 14 saves over his 53 minutes of play, while Morin finished with one save.

The Beavers have a day to prepare for their next game, a rescheduled game against Daniel Webster College on Monday, April 7, at 4:00 p.m.

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