April 30, 2011

Thomas Advances to NAC Men's Lacrosse Semis with 14-3 Victory over UMF

Waterville, Maine - The Thomas College Terriers (5-9, 5-3 NAC) were able to carry the momentum off a Scott Dumas goal, nine seconds into play to down the University of Maine of Farmington Beavers (4-7, 2-5 NAC) 14-3. Thomas freshmen l Jeff Morse led all scorers as he netted four goals in the victory.

After Dumas opened the scoring the score remain 1-0 as both teams struggled to posses the ball. Morse got Thomas rolling again at the two minute mark in the first, when Dumas found him for the 2-0 lead. The Terriers kicked off the second period of play with five unanswered goals. Bradley Stiles led the charge for the Terriers in the second as he scored two of his three goals on the day. Stiles also assisted a Sean Machin goal at the 11:50 mark.

The Beavers tallied the first goal of the game at the 53 second mark, when Matt Roy ripped an unassisted shot passed Thomas goal keeper Jesse Morkeski. At halftime the scoreboard read 7-1 Thomas.

The Terriers came out in the second half and scored three goals in the third period; the first coming from Morse on an extra man opportunity at the 10:14 mark. Morse tallied the second goal with an assist from Dumas at the 6:32 mark, and the third goal was a unassisted snipe from freshmen Gunnar Shelton at the 3:20 mark.

To start the fourth, the Terriers scored four unanswered goals, starting with a Geoff Carpenter goal at the 11:10 mark. Shelton closed out the Terriers scoring with a goal off of a Machin assist at the 5:16 on a man up opportunity.

UMF found the net two more times to close the game. Rylan Cates at the 4:30 mark and Tennessee Peters fired a shot passed freshmen goalie Joseph Caraglia.

Morkeski earned the win for Thomas with a 19 save performance.

Ben Altmaier made 18 saves for UMF in the loss.

The Terriers will travel to the number one seed Castleton State on Wednesday May 4th faceoff time is to be determine.