New Hampton, NH - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's lacrosse team dug itself a four goal hole and never quite recovered, falling to the University of Southern Maine, 9-4, on Tuesday evening in a game played on Kennedy Field at New Hampton School. With the win the Huskies improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Hornets fall to 1-4.
Southern Maine started quickly, notching four first quarter goals. Tristan Dundas took a pass from Joe Cullinan and found the net just 46 seconds into the game to put the Huskies on the board. Cullinan made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal at 10:09. Dundas picked up his second goal of the quarter with just under five minutes left in the period, then found Paul Leonardo for another score just over two minutes later to make it 4-0, Southern Maine after one.
Anthony Townsend (Pembroke, MA) poked home a loose ball in front of the cage to get Lyndon on the scoreboard at the 10:11 mark of the second quarter. Neither team was able to convert for almost eight minutes, until Southern Maine's Nick James took a pass from Sam Hornblower and scored with 2:26 to go until half. The Hornets answered less than a minute later when Taner Onor found Townsend and Townsend converted for his second goal of the game, cutting the Southern Maine lead to 5-2 at the half.
Onor scored an unasisted goal at the 10:34 mark of the third quarter to draw Lyndon within two goals. James countered for the Huskies just over two minutes later, finding the net off of a feed from Bryce Randall. That was all of the scoring in the quarter as Southern Maine took a 6-3 advantage into the final period.
Onor took a pass from Spencer Aubin (Sharon, MA) and scored his second goal with 12:51 to go in the contest, again drawing the Hornets to within two goals. That would be as close as Lyndon would come, however, as Southern Maine added goals from Leonardo, Dundas, and Robby Pini to secure the win.
The Huskies outshot the Hornets 51-26 in the game. Southern Maine held a 28-21 advantage in ground balls and won 11 of 16 faceoffs. Lyndon turned the ball over 30 times, compared to 16 for Southern Maine. Huskie goalie Griffin Hanson made nine saves in picking up the win while the Hornets' Aaron Florence (Mandeville, LA) recorded 16 saves on 25 shots on goal.
The Hornets will open North Atlantic Conference play this Sunday when they play Husson University. That game will be played at Norwich University and begin at noon.