NAC Men's Lacrosse Weekly Honors (Week Ending March 26)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Matt Richard, New England College
(Jr., A - Weare, N.H.)
Richard had a 19-point week with 10 goals and nine assists, including nine goals and five assists in conference play, as the Pilgrims went 3-0. The junior had a hand in half of NEC's goals in the team's big 10-7 non-conference win over the University of New England, earning four assists and one goal. The attackman then tallied six goals and one assist against Johnson State, five of his goals were scored in under three minutes in the first quarter. Richard ended the week with three goals and four assists in a win over Thomas. On the week, he scored 10 goals on 15 shots (13 on target) for a .667 shots percentage and a .867 shots-on-goal percentage.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Connor Fries, New England College
(So., LSM - Barnstable, Mass.)
Fries scooped up 23 ground balls and had seven caused turnovers in a 3-0 week for NEC. The sophomore had his best performance of the week in the team's big 10-7 win over the University of New England in which he tallied 15 ground balls, caused six turnovers, and netted one goal. In conference play, the long-stick midfielder tallied three ground balls and caused one turnover versus Johnson State and then gathered five ground balls and scored one goal against Thomas.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jacob Blanchette, New England College
(Fr., A - Weare, N.H.)
Blanchette scored six goals and dished out 11 assists for a 17-point week, as the Pilgrims went 3-0. To start the week, the attackman dished one assist in a 10-7 win over UNE. The rookie then recorded two eight-point games from four goals and four assists in the team's win over Johnson State and then two goals and a team-best six assists in a victory over Thomas. The freshman attacker also scooped up six ground balls and caused one turnover on the week.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 2-1 over the past week, first losing at home to Plymouth State 10-6. The Spartans then swept two games in Maine with wins at Southern Maine (15-7) and at Maine Maritime (19-4). In each game win, Sam Siegel scored a career-high five goals. Castleton hosts New England College Wednesday before traveling to face Thomas Saturday.
Green Mountain looked rusty in its first game back on the field in nearly a month, losing its NAC opener to Husson, 23-2. David Gerken and Chris Surdam were the goal scorers, while Carl Diethelm tied a career-high with 17 saves in net. The Eagles will return to action on Thursday with a game at SUNY Cobleskill before hosting Dean on Saturday.
Husson split games this week, capturing a high-scoring 23-2 win over Green Mountain on Saturday, following a 9-2 loss to Saint Joseph's (Maine) on the road. The Eagles only have one game this week which was rescheduled from March 18, as Husson will host Johnson State at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28.
Johnson State went 0-3 in the opening week, which began with a loss to New England College on Wednesday. The Badgers then suffered losses to Wheelock and Daniel Webster on the weekend. Johnson will travel to Husson on Tuesday for a conference match, and then host Maine Maritime and Dean on Saturday and Sunday.
Lyndon finished the week 1-0. After Wednesday's game at Thomas was postponed, the Hornets travelled to Emerson College on Saturday, topping the Lions 15-10. Konnor Bick tallied five goals for the Hornets to help them capture their fourth-straight win. Lyndon plays at Becker on Tuesday before starting conference play at New England College on Saturday.
Maine Maritime fell to 0-5 after dropping a game to Castleton on Saturday. The Mariners travel to take on Norwich on Wednesday, before traveling to Johnson State on Saturday for a NAC matchup.
New England College moved above the .500 mark with a 3-0 week, including a 10-7 non-conference victory over the University of New England. In conference play, NEC picked up a 27-0 win over Johnson State and a 22-4 win over Thomas. Junior Matt Richard scored 10 goals with nine assists for 19 points on the week and currently ranks sixth nationally in points per game, while sophomore Connor Fries holds a national ranking, as he's second in Division III in caused turnovers per game (3.83). The Pilgrims travel to Castleton on Wednesday for a NAC matchup before hosting Lyndon on Saturday.
Thomas dropped the only game of the week as the Terriers were defeated by New England College, 22-4, in their first conference game. Sophomore Colby Blondin recorded two goals and an assist. The Terriers will have their home opener on Wednesday, March 29, as they face Wheelock at 4:00 p.m.