Green Mountain Comeback Falls Short vs. UMF

(Poultney, Vt.) Trailing 7-1 at the half, Green Mountain made a furious comeback bid against Maine Farmington but fell just short, dropping their fourth straight 9-8 in NAC action Saturday afternoon. The Eagles fall to 1-6 (0-4), while Farmington improves to 4-3 and levels their NAC record at 2-2.

Farmington opened the scoring just 21 seconds into the contest when Kyle Mitchell (Baltimore, Md.) took a feed from Tennessee Peters (Scarborough, Maine) and slotted it past GMC netminder Ethan Whaley (Exeter, N.H.). The Beavers doubled their advantage through Peters with just 1:33 left in the first quarter and tacked on two more, opening the gap to 4-0 with 9:39 remaining in the half.

Mike Smith (Georgetown, Mass.) put the Eagles on the board at the 7:28 mark with the first of his game-high three markers before UMF tallied three more, including a pair in man-up situations, to finish the half with a 7-1 lead.

Green Mountain rallied after the interval, tallying a pair of markers inside four minutes. Smith Notched his second on a nifty feed from freshman Luke Carey (Bronx, N.Y.) followed by Ethan LaCuyer (Massena, N.Y.) with a man-up goal. Eric Hansel (Annapolis, Md.) drew the home side to with three (7-4) with 8:23 left in the third with an unassisted goal, but UMF answered back just over a minute later through Matt Roy (Kents Hill, Maine).

Smith added his final marker of the game one minute later, but a Green Mountain penalty led to another Farmington tally from Dustin Weber (Portland, Maine), pushing the lead back to 9-5.

GMC made it 9-6 moments into the final quarter when Matt Tarricone (Oneonta, N.Y.) converted a man-up goal. Hansel pulled the Eagles within two on a feed from Smith and, just 82 seconds later, Tarricone brought the home side to within a single goal from a LaCuyer feed.

Ben Almaier (Farmington, Maine) made several key saves down the stretch to preserve the win, finishing with 17 on the day. Whaley notched eight stops in goal for Green Mountain who held a slight edge in shots on the afternoon (42-35).

Both teams return to action tomorrow with Farmington heading to Castleton at 11:00 am while Green Mountain hosts Thomas College at noon.


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