JOHNSON, Vt. - The Lyndon men's lacrosse team earned its second victory of the season Friday with a 10-6 over North Atlantic Conference rival Johnson State College. With the win, Lyndon improves to 2-12 on the year and 2-5 NAC. The Badgers slide to 0-8 on the year and 0-5 in the NAC.
Lyndon State jumped out to an early lead when Justin Mosher (Salem, NH) found the back of the net off of a Billy Bazyk (Manchester, NH) feed just six minutes into play. Johnson equalized things shortly after the Hornets' goal as Matthew Malek scored off a Ryan Belen assist. Robert Crupi (Scituate, Mass.) put the Hornets ahead 2-1 which was followed closely by a goal by Alan Bickings to tie things up at 2-2 before the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Hornets netted the only goal in the quarter. Crupi ripped a shot past the keeper off of a pass from David Hodge (Huntington, Vt.) to make the score 3-2.
Johnson came back from the break strong notching two goals right away from Jefferson Lawler to put the Badgers up 4-3. Lyndon scored twice – one goal each from Dominic DiTomasso (Ashby, Mass.) and Richard Aberle Jr. (Essex, N.Y.) – more before Malek ended the quarter with a goal for Johnson tying things up 5-5 to end the period.
Lyndon sealed the deal in the fourth out scoring Johnson 5-1 off of goals from Crupi, who scored twice, Bazyk, Aberle and DiTommaso. Johnson's Matt Dekens tallied one goal for the Badgers, but it wasn't enough. Lyndon ended the game on top with a 10-6 decision in its favor.
Marcus Bessette (Pembroke, N.H.) picked up the win for the Hornets stopping 15 of 21 shots, while his counterpart, Jay Palmisano, stopped 18 of 28 shots faced in the losing effort.