BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- The Anna Maria College men's lacrosse team fell at Massachusetts Maritime 10-9 in non-league action Saturday afternoon at Clean Harbors Stadium. Freshman Buccaneer Benjamin Avakian netted a career-high six goals, including the game-winner with 5:08 remaining. The AMCATS fall to 2-4 on the season while the Buccaneers improve to 4-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The host Buccaneers jumped out to a 3-1 advantage midway through the first quarter before the visiting AMCATS forged a 4-4 tie on freshman Brandon Pavoni's (Granby, Mass.) goal with eight seconds to play in the opening stanza. The teams traded scores early in the second quarter before Avakian gave Massachusetts Maritime a 6-5 edge at the break with a tally that came eight seconds before intermission, and the Buccaneers collected three of the four third quarter markers (two by Avakian) to take a 9-6 lead into the last 15 minutes of play. Anna Maria quickly evened matters with three goals in the opening 3:12 of the final frame, as Pavoni's third tally of the day created a 9-9 deadlock with just under 12 minutes remaining, and that score held up for the next six-plus minutes until Avakian converted a feed from sophomore Cody Livermore on the game-winner for the hosts, who held possession for most of the final four minutes of action and survived a last-second AMCAT game-tying attempt as time expired.
Pavoni notched a hat trick and two assists to finish with five points in the setback for Anna Maria, which also received a hat trick from freshman Kurt Richardson (Narragansett, R.I.). Freshman John Bartose (Salem, N.H.) netted a pair of goals as well for the AMCATS, who received a marker and a helper off the stick of freshman Kyle Benning (Puyallup, Wash.).
Livermore finished with a goal and four assists for five points in the triumph for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received a marker and three helpers from junior Keaghan Bartley. Sophomore Zack O'Brien chipped in with a pair of tallies for the Buccaneers, while sophomore Jake O'Riordan added two assists for the winners.
Sophomore Michael Dolan earned his fourth win of the season with a five-save effort in goal for Massachusetts Maritime, while sophomore Paul Schwarz(Staten Island, N.Y.) made 18 stops (nine in each half) in the setback for Anna Maria. The Buccaneers outshot the Amcats by a 45-25 margin overall (28-14 on goal) and held a 16-7 edge in faceoffs for the contest.
Anna Maria will be idle until Thursday, March 30th when the AMCATS host Curry in a non-league outing in Paxton, Mass. beginning at 5:00 p.m. Maritime heads to Salem, Mass. on Tuesday evening to take on Salem State in a non-league match that begins at 7:00 p.m.