WATERVILLE, ME – Thomas College was able to hold on for a 9-8 victory against University of Maine at Farmington in a tightly contested North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's lacrosse battle on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Gunnar Shelton led the Terriers with four goals in the conference win.
With the triumph, Thomas extends their win streak to three games (3-6, 3-2 NAC), while UMF drops to 1-6 (1-4 NAC) on the season.
With 6:08 remaining on the game clock, Farmington's Casey Wrigley got a feed from Nathan Chase to bring the score to a 7-7 deadlock, the first since midway through the first quarter. The Red and Black took advantage of a late Beaver penalty as Bryan Ferris put the home squad up with a man-up goal with four minutes remaining on the game clock. Shelton added to the Terrier lead less than a minute later, stealing the ball from the UMF keeper and burying the ball in the empty net.
Wrigley would cut the deficit in half on an unassisted goal with 48 seconds remaining, but the Beavers were unable to find the back of the net again as the Thomas defense stood strong despite the comeback attempt.
Derek Driscoll kicked off the scoring barrage in the first period, which saw four Thomas goals to the UMF's three. The second period was a defensive battle, with both teams only registering a goal apiece, as the hosts went into halftime 5-4.
The third quarter was low scoring as well, with Thomas' Jordan Marino scoring at 9:23, and UMF responding with a man-up tally by Jake Linkletter. Jesse Evans gave the Terriers a two goal lead going into the fourth with an unassisted marker with a minute remaining in the quarter.
Thomas netminder Carlos Cardona recorded the victory in net, making 11 saves, while Ben Altmaier suffered the loss for the Beavers with 21 saves between the pipes.
Overall, Thomas held a 45-36 advantage in shots and a 50-39 edge in ground ball. The Terriers went 17-21 in clear attempts, while UMF went 22-31.
Thomas will be back on Smith Field on Saturday, April 9 when they host Green Mountain at 4:00 PM. The seniors participating in the contest will be recognized prior to the opening faceoff.