Green Mountain vs. Mitchell
April 5, 2009
The Game Story:
Six 4th quarter goals by Green Mountain College were good enough to claim a 14-12 non-conference men's lacrosse victory over Mitchell College Sunday afternoon. The win was the first on the season for the Eagles who are 1-6 overall.

The visiting Mariners opened the scoring just 53 seconds into the opening quarter when Ian Gosselin (Uncasville, CT) scored on a feed from Adam Grillo (Waterford, CT). The Eagles answered with three goals in a 2-minute span through Chris Wetzel (Highland Falls, NY), Max Talsky (Hanover, NH) and Christian Sapovits (West Chester, PA). The sides traded a pair of goals before Mitchell reeled of three straight to close out the 1st quarter with a 6-5 advantage.

Both teams ramped up the defensive pressure in the second, each yielding two goals and sending the game into the second half with the Mariners leading 8-7. Sapovits scored both 2nd quarter goals for the Eagles while Zach Ledvina (New Bedford, MA) and Gosselin picked up the Mariner goals.

In the 3rd, Gosselin added his 5th of the game at the 9:14 mark to open up a two-goal lead for Mitchell. Green Mountain's Max Talsky drew one back with 6:27 left in the quarter when he converted on a nifty pass from Tom Wheeler (Seattle, WA) in a man-down situation.

The Eagles tied the score 2 minutes into the final quarter when Talsky added his 5th goal of the day. The Mariners, however, reclaimed the advantage just 2 minutes later through a Joseph Rice (Northbridge, MA) goal.

Green Mountain senior Steve Braunius (Lake Pleasant, NY) responded by reeling of three straight goals to grab the lead followed by Wheeler's game-winning goal with 3:51 remaining.

Eagle's goalkeeper Keith Drinkwine (Selkirk, NY) tallied 5 of his 7 saves in the final quarter to help preserve the win.

Max Talsky led the way for Green Mountain with 6 goals and an assist. Christian Sapovits added a trio of scores and dished out 3 assists while Steve Braunius chipped in with 3 goals. Tom Wheeler was instrumental in the Eagles success, collecting 6 assists while scoring the game's decisive goal.

Senior defender Kyle Pike (Concord, NH) won 16 face-offs for GMC and helped anchor a stout defensive effort late in the game.

Ian Gosselin tallied 6 goals for the visitors while Zach Ledvina added 4 with 4 assists. Goalkeeper Gregory Jameson (Newington, CT) stopped 5 shots in the loss.

The Eagles return to action Wednesday, April 8th when host Norwich University at 4 pm.