BOSTON -- The University of Maine at Farmington men's lacrosse team ran its record to 2-1 with a 10-4 victory over Wheelock College this afternoon at Wentworth Institute of Technology's Sweeney Field.
The Beavers, who have doubled last season's win total, are scheduled to visit Husson University on Saturday at 1 p.m. to open North Atlantic Conference competition. The Wildcats remained winless through four games.
Patrick Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) provided three goals and two assists for Farmington, while freshman Tennessee Peters (Scarborough, Maine) added a hat trick. Classmate Kyle Mitchell (Baltimore, Md.) was victorious on nine draws, and Ben Altmaier (Farmington, Maine) had five stops. The visitors were aided by a 4-of-5 showing with the man-advantage.
Kevin Kareckas (South Berwick, Maine) tallied twice for the hosts, while Wayne Peterson (Winchester, Mass.) and Zach Bushway (Bethlehem, N.H.) also tallied. Michael Manning (Brookfield, N.H.) made 23 saves between the Wheelock pipes, and Matt Burns (Cheyenne, Wyo.) won seven face-offs.
Hurley netted an early marker 42 seconds after the opening face-off before senior Dustin Webber (Portland, Maine) scored the Beavers' next two goals, including during a man-up opportunity that created a 3-0 Farmington lead at 7:51 of the opening quarter.
Bushway converted a feed from Paul Collins (Hyde Park, Mass.) with 1:18 to go, and a pair of Peters tallies to begin the second period were met by a bad-angle goal from Kareckas at 6:56, keeping Wheelock within 5-2.
However, a Peters man-up marker with 3:27 remaining before halftime sparked a 4-0 run by the Beavers that saw the Wildcats stay off the scoreboard until Peterson's goal at 13:15 of the fourth. Matt Pennucci (Leominster, Mass.) set up the scoring play, sending an accurate pass that was dropped by a teammate but bounced through traffic and to the front of the net, where Peterson grabbed the ball and deked Altmaier.