WATERVILLE, ME – Thomas College was defeated by New England College, 18-2, in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's lacrosse contest on Monday afternoon on Smith Field. Carlos Cardona recorded nine saves in the losing effort for the Terriers.
With the loss, Thomas concludes their regular season with a 4-8 (4-4 NAC) record, while NEC improves to 11-3 (6-1 NAC), with one game remaining versus Lyndon State Friday.
The Pilgrims kicked off the game with an unassisted goal from Nick Herzog at the 13:24 mark of the first quarter. They would go on to add their second just over a minute later by Chris Gomes, followed by two more tallies to take a four goal advantage into the second quarter.
Sean Largay scored his second of the game less than a minute into the second quarter, which was the start of a 6-0 run by the Pilgrims in the second quarter, which saw the visitors take 16 shots.
Despite being down 10-0 at halftime, Thomas was able to crack the scoreboard to start off the second half with an unassisted goal by Caleb Runci. New England College proceeded to score four goals before the Terriers buried their second of the game by Jesse Evans.
Herzog put in his second of the game with twenty seconds remaining in the third, then capped a hat-trick for the first marker of the fourth quarter at 5:17. NEC held Thomas scoreless for the rest of the contest, while adding to their lead with two more to take the 18-2 conference victory.
Chris Galluzzo recorded the win between the pipes for the Pilgrims, making five saves, while Charles Hayes and Kyle Marck splitted time in net for the second half.
NEC held a 51-26 advantage in shots, and a 52-24 margin in ground balls. The Pilgrims held a 13-10 edge in face-offs, while both teams were successful in clear attempts (NEC 16-18, Thomas 14-14).
Thomas will await their fate in the conference playoffs to determine who they will play in the opening round.