The Mitchell College men's lacrosse team got off to an early lead and defeated Lyndon State College 14-1 on Wednesday. The following information was provided by David Longolucco, sports information director at Mitchell College:
The Mariners (3-6 overall) scored twice in the opening five minutes of the contest and never looked back. Senior Adam Grillo (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) led all scorers with five goals and two assists for a season-high seven points. Sophomore Shane Sullivan (Quaker Hill, Conn./Waterford) added four goals and an assist while freshman Jordan Cook (Groton, Conn./Fitch) finished with three goals and three helpers.
Mitchell’s defense kept Lyndon State (2-1 overall) off the scoreboard in the first half. The Mariners built up a 6-0 lead by intermission thanks to a pair of scores from both Cook and Grillo. Senior Josh Charles (Westerly, R.I./Forman School) also potted his first goal of the year in the half as the Mariners outshot the Hornets 24-8.
Lyndon State opened the second-half scoring when senior Max Ercole (St. Johnsbury, Vt./St. Johnsbury Academy) found the back of the net just 1:16 into the stanza. Classmate Tim Patten (Springfield, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) supplied the feed on the goal, Ercole’s sixth of the season.
The game’s remaining eight goals were all scored by the home side. Cook and Grillo notched their hat tricks with back-to-back scores in the third quarter that pushed the lead to 8-1 with 12:23 remaining. The Mariners later tacked on five goals in the fourth quarter—including three from Sullivan—for the final tally.
Mitchell goalie Peter Eshenfelder (Quaker Hill, Conn./Waterford) faced 17 shots and finished with four saves. Matt Reynolds (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) had a busier afternoon for the Hornets, facing 51 shots while making 12 saves.
Mitchell went 13-for-19 in face-offs that included a 10-for-13 effort from freshman Josh Muckle (Uncasville, Conn./Waterford). Sophomore Chris Joy (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) scooped up a game-high 10 ground balls and also caused a pair of turnovers.
Mitchell will next host Emerson College on Monday at 4 p.m. Lyndon State returns to action at Husson College on Friday at 6 p.m.