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Men's lacrosse nets first-ever NAC victory

KENTS HILL -- The University of Maine at Farmington men's lacrosse team held Lyndon State College scoreless for more than three quarters and held on to defeat the Hornets 4-3 for the Beavers' first North Atlantic Conference win in the program's two-year history this afternoon at Kents Hill School.

The Beavers upped their record to 3-2 (1-1) and are scheduled to visit Husson University Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The Hornets slipped to 1-5 (1-2) with Husson on Saturday at 1 p.m. at home.

The Farmington defense was headlined by goalie Ben Altmaier (Farmington, Maine) with 13 saves as the Beavers silenced the Hornets for the first 46:16 of the contest. Mike Foley (Byfield, Mass.) and Kris Gagne (Lewiston, Maine) each scooped nine groundballs and Foley also caused four turnovers to key the defense.

Gagne, Tennessee Peters (Scarborough, Maine), Sean Skillern (Naples, Maine) and Dustin Webber (Portland, Maine) each tallied a goal for Farmington. Despite quieting Lyndon for the first three quarters, the Beavers were tied with the Hornets with 8:34 to play before Skillern scored and Gagne scooped the following face-off and netted a goal 11 seconds later to give Farmington a 4-2 lead.

Max Ercole (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), Chris Mansour (Mansfield, Mass.) and Luke Norman-Lacroix (Barre, Vt.) each tallied a goal for Lyndon.

Matt Reynolds (New Fairfield, Conn.) stopped seven shots for the Hornets, while Caleb Noble (Rowley, Mass.) had seven groundballs.

Peters and Webber each scored unassisted goals in the second quarter to give Farmington a 2-0 lead that held unchecked until Ercole took advantage of a man-up opportunity off a Dan Randell (Delmar, N.Y.) pass with 13:44 left in the fourth. Norman-Lacroix knotted the game at 2-2 with 9:35 left in the fourth.

A minute later, Skillern and Gagne struck for the Beavers to make it 4-2. The lead held until Mansour's man-up goal with 21 seconds left made things interesting, but Farmington won the ensuing face-off and claimed the program's first conference win with a 4-3 final over the Hornets.