Men's lacrosse turned back at Thomas

WATERVILLE -- The University of Maine at Farmington men's lacrosse team was defeated by Thomas College 7-4 in North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse action this afternoon.

The Beavers (4-5, 2-4) are scheduled to close out their regular season Saturday at home against Maine Maritime Academy at 2 p.m. The Terriers improved to 4-7 overall and 4-2 in the NAC.

Matt Roy (Kents Hill, Maine) scored twice for UMF, while Mike Foley (Byfield, Mass.) and Sean Skillern (Naples, Maine) each chipped in a goal. Kris Gagne (Lewiston, Maine) hauled in 11 ground balls in the loss, while Foley also caused four turnovers and Kyle Mitchell (Baltimore, Md.) won 10 of the 14 face-offs.

Farmington kicked off the scoring when Roy fired a shot past Thomas goalie Jessie Morkeski at the 9:56 mark to make it 1-0. The Beavers took a 2-0 lead when Skillern got a pass from Rylan Cates (Camden, Maine) and found the back of the net with 39 seconds left in the first period.

The Terriers pulled within one when Bradley Stiles scored the first of his two goals at the 9:36 mark in the second period. The Terriers tied it about two minutes later when Matt Quesada scored with an assist from Sean Machine. Stiles scored his second goal at the 5:14 mark with an assist from Machin to give the Terriers the lead 3-2. The Terriers and Beavers both scored one more time in the second period to make the score 4-3 at halftime.

The Terriers got the first goal in the third period when Geoff Carpenter got a pass from fellow freshmen, Gunnar Shelton, and was able to find the back of the net at 11:48 to give Thomas a 5-3 lead. The Beaver answered back when Foley scored to make it a 5-4 game. The score remain 5-4 until the 10:30 mark, when the Terriers scored on a man up opportunity, Jeffrey Morse scored with an assist from Carpenter. Carpenter dished out another assist at the 4:57 mark hitting Quesada for the final tally of the day.

Ben Altmaier (Farmington, Maine) made a respectable 19 saves for the visitors.

Morekeski earned his fourth win of the season while stopping 15 UMF shots.