Univ Of New England vs. Anna Maria
March 20, 2010
The Game Story:

Nor'easters breeze to third consecutive victory


BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of New England scored nine straight goals in the first half on its way to a 21-10 victory over Anna Maria College in The Commonwealth Coast Conference men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Barbara J. Hazard Field.

The win was the third straight for the Nor'easters, who are 4-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The AMCATS drop to 2-4, 0-2 in TCCC play.

Leading 2-1 early in the contest, Big Blue reeled off nine unanswered tallies over a 16:52 time frame spanning the first and second periods. Sophomore Dylan Thomas (Pleasantville, N.Y.) notched three goals during the spurt, which was capped with a goal by Michael Woods (Kittery Point, Maine) at 7:08 of the second to give the Nor'easters an 11-1 lead.

Dylan Thomas and sophomore Steven Beem (Barre, Vt.) finished with four goals apiece to pace the Nor'easters. Woods scored three-times, including a pair in man-up situations. Two-time reigning TCCC Rookie of the Week Tyler Thomas (Pleasantville, N.Y.) added to his resume with a goal and five assists.

Sophomore Nate Porter (Cohasset, Mass.) played the opening 35:04 in goal to record the win. He was called upon to make just four stops.

Junior Luke Biggins (Sudbury, Mass.) played a strong all-around game for Anna Maria, scoring four goals and grabbing a game-best 13 ground balls, many of which came as he won 20 of 34 face-offs. Sophomore Mike Saulnier (Wrentham, Mass.) had two goals, while first-year Matt Lochner (Lima, N.Y.) scored twice in man-up situations.

For the game, the AMCATS scored five times with a man advantage. Their goalies - first-years Andrew Ellis (Fitchburg, Mass.) and Bryan Bedard (Dracut, Mass.) -- combined to register 13 saves.

The Nor'easters will look to make it four straight wins Wednesday when they head to Boston to take on Wentworth Instiitute of Technology at 7 p.m.

Anna Maria hosts Regis College that same day at 4 p.m.