STANDISH — Maine Maritime (2-3, 2-1 NAC) defeated Saint Joseph’s (4-5, 1-2 NAC), 15-11, in a North Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse contest at Westerlea Way Field on Tuesday evening. Kody Peckham (West Gardiner) and Benson Pasquarello (Kennebunk) both netted three goals for the Monks in the losing effort.
Christopher Keiley (Holliston, MA) scored a game-high five goals for the visitors and Mariners’ goalkeeper Kevin Boucher (Gorham) made 10 saves in net to help his team earn the conference win on the road.
St. Joe’s opened the game with goals by Pasquarello and Dylan Chase (West Newbury, MA), both assisted by Spencer Hunt (Jeffersonville, VT), and led 2-0 after 3:16 of play. Unfortunately for the Monks, the early lead would be the only one they would enjoy, as the Mariners went on to score seven unanswered markers, including three by Keiley, to gain a 7-2 cushion with 6:50 remaining in the second quarter.
Pasquarello netted a man-up goal off a Paul Dolewa (Saco) pass and former high school teammates Peckham and Tookie Amosun (Gardiner) both found the back of the cage to cut the SJC deficit to 7-5 with 2:47 left in the second stanza. Maine Maritime went on to outscore the Monks by a 2-1 margin, with goals from Andrew DiSalvo (Glastonbury, CT) and Keiley, in the closing minutes of the half and carried a 9-6 advantage into the intermission.
The conference rivals swapped scores for the first 18 minutes of the second half, with the Monks maintaining the three-goal deficit, 11-8, after Hunt scored off a Dolewa pass at the 11:54 mark of the fourth quarter. The teams went on to counter each other with offsetting two-goal outputs for the remainder of play, with Peckham and Dolewa netting the Monks’ final two tallies to make the final score, 15-11, Mariners.
St. Joe’s goalkeeper Christopher Driscoll (Saco) recorded 12 saves between the pipes and Elliot LaMarre (Raymond) won 13 face-offs with a team-high five groundballs, tying Dolewa’s total, for the Monks. Hunt added two goals and three assists and Luke LaFreniere (Alton, NH) added a goal in the loss.
Hunt broke the program’s season and career record for assists when he registered his 18th helper of the year on Peckham’s second goal of the game at the 4:40 mark of the second quarter.
For the Mariners, Wade Mondoux (North Berwick) tallied three goals and Richard McKee (Plymouth, MA) added two goals and two helpers in the victory. Scott Baribeau (Bethel) and Dennis St. Pierre (South Berwick) both collected a game-high six groundballs.
Maine Maritime will travel to Thomas College on Thursday for a 4:00 PM conference game.