New England College vs. Southern Maine
March 28, 2012
The Game Story:

HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College's James Putney (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) registered two goals and three assists leading the Pilgrims past the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies 13-10 in men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon.

With the win the Pilgrims improve to 2-5 overall, while the loss drops the Huskies to 3-2 on the season.

Southern Maine would open the scoring just under two minutes into the game as Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) would put in a goal assisted by Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). NEC would respond with four unanswered first quarter goals, including two by Brian Gillis (North Vancouver, B.C.), putting the Pilgrims up 4-1.

The Huskies would cut the Pilgrim lead to 3-2 early in the second quarter as Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and James Soules (Scarborough, Maine) would each net a goal. The two teams would close out the first half with two more goals each as NEC would hold on to the slight 6-4 advantage heading into halftime.

The NEC offense would explode for five goals in the third quarter, including two more by Gillis, building a 12-5 lead heading into the final quarter. NEC would lead 13-6 with 8:03 remaining in regulation but Southern Maine would not go down without a fight netting four straight goals cutting the lead to 13-10 with 1:15 remaining on the clock. The Pilgrim defense would settle down keeping the Huskies off the board in the final minute and holding on for the 13-10 victory.

NEC's Brian Gillis finished with four goals and Sam Freihofner (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Pat Miles (Brampton, Ontario) each netted two goals and had an assist.

Leading the way for Southern Maine was Dan Thomas who finished with four goals and Mark White who scored twice and dished out two assists.