New England College vs. Maine Maritime
May 2, 2012
The Game Story:
HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College's Steve Parsons (Townsend, Mass.) recorded a game-high six goals leading the Pilgrims past the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners 16-5 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Lacrosse Semifinal action on Wednesday.

With the win the Pilgrims improve to 11-6 on the season and advance to the NAC Championship game scheduled for Saturday, May 5. With the loss the Mariners finish their 2012 campaign with an overall record of 6-9.

Maine Maritime would get on the board first as Bronson Guimond (Portland, Maine) would net his fourteenth goal of the season assisted by Alex Hermes (Fallsington, Pa.) just 1:31 into the game. NEC would respond as Steve Parsons would knot the game at 1-1 scoring off a pass from James Putney (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) just two minutes later. NEC would take the 3-1 lead as Parsons would net back-to-back man-up goals in the final six minutes of the opening quarter.

Maine Maritime would strike just 38 seconds into the second quarter as NAC Player of the Year Andrew DiSalvo (Glastonbury, Conn.) would score unassisted. The Pilgrims would get the goal back as Sam Freihofner (Scarsdale, N.Y.) would intercept a Mariner pass and take it in for an unassisted goal.

The Pilgrims would get two more goals building their lead to 6-3 with less than three minutes to play in the half. Maine Maritime would grab two goals back as Tom Houle (Manchester, N.H.) and DiSalvo would each score cutting the NEC lead to 6-4. Freihofner would net the final goal of the opening half recording a man-down goal with just 34 seconds on the clock to give NEC the 7-4 halftime lead.

The NEC offense would explode for six straight goals by six different Pilgrims in the third quarter to take the 13-4 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
The Pilgrims would score the first three goals in the fourth quarter before Maine Maritime's Brian Corain (Berwick, Maine) would break the Mariner scoring drought recording a man-down goal with just under seven minutes to play.

The two teams would battle through the final 6:50 of play scoreless as the Pilgrims would finish the game out shooting the Mariners 45-30 en route to the 16-5 victory.

NEC's Sam Freihofner recorded four goals and two assists, while Brian Gillis (North Vancouver, B.C.) chipped in a goal and dished out two assists.

Maine Maritime's Andrew DiSalvo led the way for the Mariners with two goals and an assist, while Brian Corain finished with a goal and an assist.

Picking up the win in net for NEC was Nick Aquaviva (Syracuse, N.Y.) who finished with 14 saves. In goal for Maine Maritime was Erik Milles (Bangor, Maine) who recorded 13 saves on the afternoon.