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April 7, 2014

Daniel Webster downs UMF men's lax, 14-12

NASHUA, N.H. – After doubling up the score over host Daniel Webster College, the University of Maine at Farmington men's lacrosse team allowed its second half lead to slip away in a 14-12 loss to the Eagles, Monday night at Eagle Field.

UMaine-Farmington (1-5) led 10-5 at the 11:46 mark of the third quarter, after freshman Casey Wrigley's extra-man goal off an assist by senior Mike Foley. Senior Jake Linkletter had scored just minutes earlier for the Beavers, with the two goals building on Farmington's 8-5 halftime lead.

Daniel Webster's (1-7) Dan Knupfer started the Eagles' rally with his own extra-man goal with 9:49 showing on the third quarter clock. David Downie proceeded to rattle off three straight goals for the Eagles in the span of a minute-and-54-seconds, cutting the UMaine-Farmington lead to a single goal.

Knupfer knotted the game at 10-10 at the 4:04 mark of the stanza with his second goal of the night. Anthony Cotoni gave the Eagles their first lead of the game with 1:58 remaining in the frame, and UMaine-Farmington went into the final 15 minutes trailing 11-10.

Downie scored twice more in the fourth quarter and Sean Hamilton added a single marker for Daniel Webster, extending the Eagles' lead to 14-10.

Senior attackman Brandon Melville cut the margin to three goals with his first of the game with 4:42 to play, and senior middie Michael Keim brought the Beavers back to within striking distance with a man-up goal at the 1:23 mark. But Farmington would get no closer, and Daniel Webster clung to its two-goal lead for the win.

Senior TC Peters paced the Beavers with four goals and two assists – with all his points coming in the first half. Three of those goals came in the first quarter, when Farmington outscored Daniel Webster, 4-2. Melville, Peters, Nathan Chase, and Sean Berce all scored for UMaine-Farmington in the second quarter.

Melville charted two goals and three assists on the day while Keim netted a pair of markers for the Beavers, who outshot Daniel Webster, 48-39.

Senior goalie Ben Altmaier turned aside 15 shots for UMaine-Farmington. Daniel Webster split the net-minding duties between James Bushey and Curtis Larade, who finished with seven and nine saves respectively.

UMaine-Farmington will be back on the field on Wednesday, April 9, when it travels to Waterville, Maine, to face NAC rival Thomas College. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

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