New Hampton, NH - Northern Vermont University-Lyndon and The Sage Colleges battled each other and the elements on a rainy and cool Monday evening at Kennedy Field on the campus of New Hampton School. In the end the Gators from Sage prevailed, 17-13, to raise their record to 8-6 on the season. The Hornets fall to 2-8.
The first half was a back and forth affair, with neither team holding a lead greater than one goal until the Gators got back to back scores from Adam Parker and Eric Fairhurst to give Sage an 8-6 lead with 5:52 to go before intermission. At the 3:40 mark Brandon Hunter (Glastonbury, CT) found Shea Jones (Hull, MA) to make the score 8-7 heading into the break.
After Robert Martin of Sage and the Hornets' Anthony Townsend (Pembroke, MA) traded goals, the Gators ran off three consecutive tallies to take a 12-8 lead. The Hornets were never able to cut the deficit to anything less than three goals the rest of the way.
Fairhurst had a big game to lead the Gators. He finished with seven goals and three assists. Robert Martin and Matt Fisher added three goals each. Jones paced the Hornets with five goals. Taner Onor (East Montpelier, VT) added four goals and two assists. Justin Servidori (Yarmouth, MA) recorded a game high ten ground balls.
Hornet goalie Aaron Florence (Mandeville, LA) stopped 13 shots while his Sage counterpart, Brandon Maresca, made 12 stops. Sage held a 47-34 shot advantage and got the best of the X, winning 20 of 33 faceoffs. Penalties also played a large part in the game, as the Hornets were called for 13 penalties for 10:30 while the Gators were only called for four for 3:30.
The Hornets will get back into North Atlantic Conference play this Saturday when they travel to Castine, ME for a 1:00 pm contest against Maine Maritime Academy.