|Wheelock College||Thomas College|
WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College men’s lacrosse team earned their first victory of the season as they defeated Wheelock, 7-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Smith Field.
In the victory, the Terriers sit at 1-3 (0-1 NAC) overall while the Wildcats fall to 1-6.
Thomas opened the scoring at the ten-minute mark of the first quarter as Johnathan Wilcox (Palmyra, Maine) scored on a feed from Jacob Kendall (Lewiston, Maine) for a 1-0 lead before the first break.
The Wildcats responded with two quick goals in the second quarter from Jared Trainor and Luke McKinnon, giving Wheelock at 2-1 advantage at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Colby Blondin (Colchester, Vt.) tied the game up at 2-2 on an assist from Kade Strout (Richmond, Maine). Just over a minute later, Michael Small (Brentwood, N.H.) netted his first goal of the season to give the Terriers the lead.
The Wildcats fought back with a goal of their own at the 12-minute mark of the third as Noah Horning notched the game up once again. Strout put the Terriers back on top before the end of the third quarter on a man up opportunity.
Thomas looked to pull away in the final quarter as Blondin and Kendall added two goals for a 6-3 lead with 9:28 remaining. Wheelock refused to go away as Horning and Josh Simmons scored back-to-back markers to cut the lead down to one. With under a minute remaining, Blondin put the game away with another goal to finish the scoring at 7-5.
Blondin led all scorers with three goals and an assists. He also had a team-high 12 shots and five groundballs. Freshman Tyler Whitten (Wells, Maine) caused five turnovers and scooped up six groundballs.
Horning paced the Wildcats with two goals while Trainor added a goal and two helpers.
Connor Lamberton (Shohola, Pa.) turned aside ten shots in the victory for Thomas while Josh DiMassa stopped 13 in the effort for Wheelock.