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MMA Mariners earn sweep of Eagles

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by Craig Dagan, MMA Sports Director

Maine Maritime Academy plated 36 runs over 11 innings en route to a sweep of Green Mountain College in North Atlantic Conference softball action here on April 9.

The Mariners pounded out 17 runs on 15 hits, capturing the first game 17-6 followed by a 19-2 victory in game two of the doubleheader. MMA improves to 9-2 (3-1) while the Eagles fall to 2-6 (0-2).

Leah Jackson led the charge at the plate for the Mariners, finishing the twin bill with three home runs and eight runs scored. Sabrina Keach added five runs on three hits, including a double, and drew three walks while Casey McCloskey recorded three singles and a walk. 

Erica Taylor gave up five earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work for the Mariners in game one while Shelby Bassett conceded two runs on five hits while striking out five in game two.

Karen Davidson paced the Eagles with three RBIs on three hits while Kristen Belessis finished the afternoon 4-for-7 at the plate with four runs.

Cass Neimeth-Lazar was credited with the loss in game one, giving up 15 hits and four walks while Emma Lord gave up 12 runs on 18 hits and walked nine in three and two-thirds innings of work before giving way in game two.

Men’s lacrosse loses season opener to Husson

On a rain-soaked Boucher Field in Bangor, Husson University edged Maine Maritime 13-9 amid some gnarly weather on April 5.

MMA’s Tom Houle scored a hat trick in the loss, and he and Andrew DiSalvo each had 4 points for the Mariners. Wade Mondoux was another force for MMA, winning 12 of 19 face-offs, grabbing a game-high 7 ground balls and causing a pair of turnovers. 

Husson opened up the scoring when Chris Pelletier scored off Sweeney’s first dime with 9:46 left in the first, but MMA answered two minutes later to tie it back up early. Husson scored three more in the half, including two in the last minute, culminating with Tony Diaz picking up a ground ball and stuffing it home from close, his first of 3 for the Eagles, and they’d go into the second quarter up 4-1.

Maine Maritime struck back in the second quarter, the first came one minute in from Brian Corain, before Husson was led offensively by Mitch Heaps and Matt Sweeney, who each had 7 points for the Eagles. Heaps netted 5 and assisted 2 while Sweeney had the opposite, scoring a pair and assisting 5 scores.

John Hooper saved 15 in a stellar day between the pipes, and Matt Tabler scooped up 6 ground balls and caused two turnovers to lead the Husson defense.