April 28, 2012

Eagles Win Quarterfinal In Historic Day for Husson

Bangor, Maine - The Husson University men's lacrosse team defeated the visiting Hornets of Lyndon State College by a score of 14-1 in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) quarterfinal match-up at Boucher Field on Saturday. With the win, the Eagles improve to 11-7 on the season and will advance to face Castleton State in the NAC semifinals on Wednesday. The Hornets are eliminated from the conference playoffs and finish the season at 3-7. 

The team's playoff victory gave Husson their 11th win of the season, the highest total of the program's career. That mark came on the same day as a pair of historic personal milestones for two of the Eagle attackman. Senior Ben Landry (Lewiston, Maine) recorded a hat-trick, and with his final goal, netted his 200th career score in a Husson uniform. Landry also added two assists for a five point day, surpassing 250 career points in the process. Mitch Heaps (York, Pa.) turned in a seven point outing, assisting on three, and scoring four goals en route to his 100th thus far in his career. 

Senior Nick Brown (Fort Worth, Tex.) added a five point day with a goal and four helpers. Face-off midfielder Dillon Shaw (Augusta, Maine) won 15 of the 18 draws he took, helping the Eagles to a 16-3 advantage in the category, while picking up a game-high nine ground balls. As a team, Husson won the battle on the ground, doubling up the Hornets 52-26 in that column of the scoresheet. The Eagles held an advantage in nearly every category, out-shooting Lyndon 49-11 in the game, while converting on 4-9 extra man opportunities and holding their opponents scoreless in seven tries. Husson was 16-17 on clears for 94%, and allowed the Hornets to successfully clear the zone just 13 times in 25 opportunities (52%). 

The lone score of the day for Lyndon came out of the crosse of Luke Norman-Lacroix (Barre, Vt.) in the third period, on of his three shots in the game. Fellow senior midfielder Tim Patten (Springfield, N.H.) led the team with five ground balls, while defenseman Brad Collins (Richmond, Vt.) scooped up three to go along with a team-leading three caused turnovers. In front of the cage, sophomore Matt Reynolds (New Fairfield, Conn.) stopped 13 shots despite earning the loss. 

Husson jumped out to a lead when Landry assisted Heaps less than two minutes into the game. The Eagles reeled off two more to take a 3-0 lead after one, and added a pair early in the second quarter to give Husson a 5-0 edge at the break. 

The home team potted three more in the third quarter before Norman-Lacroix scored the Lyndon goal to make it 8-1 with 5:19 remaining. Husson put six more in the back of the net to seal the deal, including Landy's 200th on a man-up chance with just under three minutes to go in the game. After a Chris Pelletier (Rome, Maine) EMO tally - his second of the game to go along with three ground balls and four caused turnovers in the game - with 36 seconds to play, giving the Eagles a 14-1 victory.

Husson will travel to Castleton State on Wednesday at a time to be determined. For the most up to date information on Husson Men's Lacrosse and all of Eagles athletics, check out www.hussoneagles.com, follow us on twitter @hussoneagles. or friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HussonEagles.