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April 18, 2014

Men’s lax posts first win over Husson with 10-8 victory

KENTS HILL, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington senior Brandon Melville netted four goals with an assist to lead the Beaver men's lacrosse team to a 10-8 North Atlantic Conference victory over Husson University, Friday afternoon at the Kents Hill School's John Huard Field.

UMaine-Farmington's eight seniors celebrated their 'senior day' with the fifth-year program's first-ever victory over Husson, and improved their record to 3-6 overall, 3-4 in the NAC. Husson fell to 3-7 overall with the loss, 3-4 in conference play.

Senior attackman Jake Linkletter added two goals for the Beavers, while seniors TC Peters, Sean Berce, and Mike Foley, as well as sophomore Nathan Chase, all added one goal apiece.

Nolan Brown chalked up three goals with two assists for Husson, while Vinny Visconti, Brandon Corbo, Mark Nardelli, Brett Martin, and Kevin Nolan all added one goal.

The Eagles struck first in the contest on Nolan's unassisted goal just 38 seconds into the contest. However the Beavers responded with three straight markers, with Linkletter, Chase, and Melville doing the honors, to take a 3-1 lead.

From there, the two teams traded goals for the remainder of the first half, with Nardelli getting the last score of the second quarter with just 52 seconds remaining to cut Farmington's lead to 5-4 at the intermission.

Visconti scored his lone goal of the day at the 11:20 mark of the third quarter, briefly tying the game at 5-5. The deadlock last for a little over two minutes, until Melville notched his second of the day to give the Beavers a lead they would never relinquish.

Melville widened UMaine-Farmington's lead to 7-5 with 5:26 showing, and the teams' alternated scores for the remainder of the third quarter leaving the Beavers with a 9-7 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes.

Melville beat Husson goalie Eric Lund for the fourth time of the day with 12:16 remaining in the game, giving the Beavers their first three-goal lead of the day.

Brandon Corbo pulled Husson to within two with a score at the 2:13 mark. A slew of late-in-the-game penalties gave the Eagles plenty of extra-man offense opportunities and some quality scoring chances, but Corbo's shot was the only one to find its way past UMF goalie Ben Altmaier, who recorded four saves in the fourth quarter alone.

Altmaier, also playing in his 'senior day' home finale, finished the day with 10 saves, as did Lund in the Husson goal.

Husson outshot UMaine-Farmington, 38-31, and had 51 ground balls to the Beavers' 44.

UMaine-Farmington closes out its 2014 regular season on Saturday, April 19, when it faces Green Mountain College in a 3:00 p.m. contest. Husson travels to Johnson State for a Saturday game against the Badgers.

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