Massachusetts Maritime Uses Strong Q3 to Beat Becker

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- Sophomore Kyle Lersch (Suffolk, Va.) netted four goals and added an assist for five points to lead Massachusetts Maritime to a 14-10 non-league college mens lacrosse victory over Becker Tuesday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium.

The host Buccaneers (2-8) used five unanswered tallies over a 10-plus minute span of the third quarter to snap a 6-6 tie en route to the triumph, as Lersch netted a pair of markers during the run that also featured goals off the sticks of senior Connor Burke (Del Mar, Calif.), junior Craig Nichols (Marshfield, Mass.) and sophomore Will Doucette (Manchester, Mass.).

The visiting Hawks (4-7) scored the final goal of the third stanza and used tallies from freshman Jeff Petersen (Syracuse, N.Y.) and junior Jay Ahern (Plymouth, Mass.) in the first 1:49 of the final quarter to pull back to within two at 11-9. Nichols completed a hat trick to give Massachusetts Maritime a 12-9 edge less than a minute later, and after junior John Bourque (Atkinson, N.H.) completed his own hat trick for Becker with 8:44 remaining to cut the visitors deficit back to two, markers by Lersch and junior Chris Davis (Cohasset, Mass.) that came 26 seconds apart in the closing minutes iced the hosts victory.

Burke added a pair of goals in the triumph for the Buccaneers, who also received a goal and an assist from junior Ryan Linn (Bourne, Mass.) as well as single tallies from sophomore Kyle Scannell (Tierra Verde, Fla.) and freshman Parker Simon (Kennett Square, Pa.). Freshman Kevin Flanigan (Sandwich, Mass.) notched a pair of helpers in the win for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received single assists from junior Michael Lambros (Forestdale, Mass.) and freshman Dan Langley (Abington, Mass.).

Petersen finished with a hat trick and an assist for four points in the setback for Becker, which also received two goals and an assist from senior Josh Fask (Worcester, Mass.). Senior Aaron Fill (Ladner, B.C.) added a marker and helper on the evening for the Hawks, who also received three assists off the stick of freshman Joe Ignagni (Kingston, Mass.).

Senior James Hitchings (Dover, Mass.) picked up the win in goal for Massachusetts Maritime with a 14-save effort, while senior Ryan Murphy (Attleboro, Mass.) made 15 stops in net for Becker and the Hawks outshot the Buccaneers by a 39-35 margin for the contest.

Massachusetts Maritime travels to Babson Park, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to take on Babson in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League match that begins at 1:00 p.m., while Becker hosts Rivier in a non-league outing on Saturday afternoon in Leicester, Mass. that begins also begins at 1:00 p.m.


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