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Senior Willie Joy had two assists Wednesday against N.E. College.
Senior Willie Joy had two assists Wednesday against N.E. College.

            HENNIKER, N.H. -- New England College junior James Putney (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) registered two goals and three assists leading the Pilgrims past the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies 13-10 in non-conference men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon.

            With the win, the Pilgrims have now won two in a row to improve to 2-5 overall.  The loss snapped the Huskies' three-game winning streak and dropped them to 3-2 on the season.

            Junior Brian Gillis (North Vancouver, B.C.) paced the NEC attack finishing with four goals.  Senior Sam Freihofner (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and sophomore Pat Miles (Brampton, Ontario) each netted two goals and had an assist.

            Leading the way for Southern Maine was senior Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, Mass.) who finished with four goals.  Junior Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) scored twice and dished out two assists.

            Picking up the win in net for NEC was rookie Cody Kitson (Shelton, Conn.) who registered three saves.  In goal for Southern Maine was junior Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) who finished with an impressive 11 saves.

            Southern Maine would open the scoring just under two minutes into the game as White would put in a goal assisted by junior Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, Maine).  NEC would respond with four unanswered first-quarter goals, including two by Gillis putting the Pilgrims up 4-1.

            The Huskies would cut the Pilgrim lead to 4-3 early in the second quarter as Thomas and junior James Soules (Scarborough, Maine) would each net a goal.  The two teams would close out the first half with two more goals each as NEC would hold on to the slight 6-5 advantage heading into halftime.

            The NEC offense exploded for five goals in the third quarter, including two more by Gillis, building an 11-5 lead heading into the final quarter.  NEC would lead 13-6 with 8:03 remaining in regulation, but Southern Maine would not go down without a fight netting four straight goals cutting the lead to 13-10 with 1:15 remaining on the clock.

            The Pilgrim defense would settle down keeping the Huskies off the board in the final minute and holding on for the 13-10 victory.

            Southern Maine opens its Little East Conference schedule this Saturday (3:30 p.m.) traveling to Keene State College.  NEC will hit the road on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a North Atlantic Conference game at Johnson State College.