WATERVILLE, Maine --- Senior Parker Chute (Brentwood, N.H. / Exeter) scored three goals and assisted on another as the Thomas College men's lacrosse team completed a season sweep of rival University of Maine at Farmington with an 8-3 win Wednesday at Smith Field.
The Terriers (3-8) defeated the Beavers (0-12), 9-5, in Farmington on Monday in a match that counted in the North Atlantic Conference standings.
Senior Bryan Ferris (Whitman, Mass. / Whitman-Hanson Regional) and sophomore Colby Blondin (Colchester, Vt. / Colchester) each scored a pair of goals, while senior Zac Crimmin (Westbrook, Maine / Westbrook) added two assist and senior Kade Strout (Richmond, Maine / Richmond) scored a goal.
Cameron McAllister scored all three of UMF's goals, netting the game's first tally just three minutes in.
Chute tied the game with an unassisted goal 3:30 later. Blondin added an unassisted tally of his own at the 5:16 mark of the second period to send the Terriers into the halftime break with a 2-1 lead.
Chute's second goal of the game came just 26 seconds into the third quarter off an assist from Crimmin. Blondin made it 4-1 with another unassisted goal five minutes later.
McAllister registered his second goal of the contest near the midway mark of the third quarter cut the deficit to just a pair of goals.
The Terriers put the game out of reach with four straight goals, including three in the span of a minute. Chute scored his third with 5:00 to play in the third quarter. He then assisted on Strout's tally with 8:45 remaining. Ferris then netted a pair of goals in quick succession -- an unassisted tally at the 8:10 mark and one off a Crimmin assist with 7:46 to play.
McAllister beat Thomas goalie Connor Lamberton (so., Shohola, Pa. / Delaware Valley) for the third time with just under six minutes to play, but the Beavers would get no closer.
Thomas held the advantage in shots (36-31) and ground balls (38-33) and was successful on 22 of 35 clear attempts. UMF was successful on 19 of 28 clears and held an 8-7 advantage in faceoffs won. Both teams had 10 saves.
Senior Sheldon Jones continued his superb play on the defensive end for the Terriers, scooping up nine ground balls and forcing 10 turnovers. Fellow senior Gershom Renee had five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers, while Blondin and junior Alex Lawson (Hockessin, Del. / Alexis I. DuPont) had six ground balls each. Sophomore Conner Blair (North Hartland, Vt. / Woodstock) had three ground balls and four caused turnovers, while fellow sophomore Jacob Kendall (Lewiston, Maine / Lewiston) also forced four UMF miscues.
Isaac Wright had a team-leading seven ground balls for the Beavers, while Sean Zubrod added five ground balls and forced six turnovers.
Wednesday's game marked the regular season finale for Thomas, who qualified for the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Terriers will face third-seeded Husson (5-9, 5-3 NAC) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Bangor in a quarterfinal round matchup.