WATERVILLE, ME- The Thomas men's lacrosse team picked up a much needed North Atlantic Conference victory Saturday afternoon as they handled Lyndon State 18-8.
The win puts the Terriers record to 4-8 (3-4 NAC) on the season while the Hornets slip to 0-10 (0-6 NAC). The win locks up at least a sixth place finish in the NAC Standings, with a chance to climb up to as high as fourth. The 18 goal outburst by the Terriers is their highest single-game total on the season.
Thomas put up seven unanswered goals in the first quarter and blanked the Hornets to take a 7-0 lead. That strong start would prove to be too much for Lyndon to overcome as the remainder of the contest as the Terriers would outscore them 5-4, 4-3, and 2-1 in the final three quarters.
Putting forth strong efforts for the Terriers offensively were freshman Parker Chute (Exeter, N.H.) who tallied a game-high six goals, junior Gunnar Shelton (Eugene, Ore.) with five goals and an assist, freshman Bryan Ferris (Whitman, Mass.) with four and an assist, and senior Sean Machin (Brunswick, Maine) notching two goals and two assists.
Lyndon was led by senior Timothy Patten (Springfield, N.H.) with four goals and an assist and sophomore Robert Crupi (Scituate, Mass.) with two goals.
Senior Jesse Morkeski (Damariscotta, Maine) recorded a season-high 24 saves in the win for Thomas, while junior Matthew Reynolds (New Fairfield, Conn.) had 22 in a losing effort for the Hornets.
Thomas held a decisive 74-44 advantage in shots, and also a 39-29 advantage in ground balls.
The Terriers close out the regular season on Wednesday, April 24 when they host NAC rival Husson under the lights at 7pm on the Black Field.