Courtesy of NEC Sports Information
HENNIKER, N.H.—The Thomas College men's lacrosse team fell 22-4 in their North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opener to New England College on Saturday afternoon.
The win boosts the Pilgrims to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in NAC play, while Thomas falls to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the NAC.
The Pilgrims were led by freshman Jacob Blanchette, who tallied a team-best eight points from two goals and six assists.
Jarred Sausville and Daniel Medvetz both scored a team-high four goals each, while Matt Richard added three goals and four assists. Mike Ring scooped up a team-best five ground balls, while Austin Frankel was a perfect 9-for-9 on face-offs.
Colby Blondin (Colchester, Vt. / Colchester) had a hand in three of the four Thomas goals as he scored twice and had an assist. Johnathan Wilcox (Palmyra, Maine / Nokomis) and Kade Strout (Richmond, Maine / Richmond) both scored as well. Blondin had a team-best three ground balls and finished 8-for-25 on face-offs.
NEC scored the first four goals of the game, with Richard having a hand in three of them with two scores and an assist. Thomas scored their first goal of the game in a span of nine seconds, as Blondin won a face-off on a violation and ran to the net for the score.
The Pilgrims piled on the goals after that, scoring the seven in-a-row over the final nine minutes of the first quarter and the first three minutes of the second.
Wilcox netted the first goal of his career on an extra-man play for Thomas's second goal at 9:10 of the second quarter. NEC had nine different players score in the first half alone and held a 14-2 lead at halftime.
The Pilgrims added three goals in the third quarter and held a 5-2 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.
Connor Lamberton (Shohola, Pa. / Delaware Valley) stopped an impressive 22 saves for Thomas. NEC's William Aufranc tallied four saves in the victory. Daniel Tribbine tallied three saves in the final 15 minutes.
NEC took a season-high 63 shots and held a 44-11 advantage in shots-on-goal. The Pilgrims also had a season-best 40 ground balls in the win to Thomas's 13. Thomas finished 2-for-3 on extra-man opportunities, while NEC was 0-for-2.
The Terriers will host non-conference opponent Wheelock on Wednesday, March 29 in a 4:00 p.m. matchup at Smith Field.