North Atlantic Conference officials didn’t have to break too much of a sweat while choosing Ben Landry of Lewiston as men’s lacrosse player of the week to end March.
In this time of strapped budgets and conserved resources, here’s some friendly advice for the league.
If the form of recognition is a plaque, leave some space at the bottom.
Certificate? Then hold onto it for another day or two. Might be able to save the extra postage.
Landry may annex the same award to start April. At his current rate, the Husson College sophomore and Lewiston High School graduate could fill another shelf with his honors before this season’s over.
First, let’s start with what Landry already has won.
Six goals and two forced turnovers against Saint Joseph’s College gave Landry the nod in last week’s NAC individual sweepstakes. Husson cruised to a 14-5 win.
Fresh off that recognition, Landry logged a career-high nine goals Tuesday in a 13-7 thumping of Maine Maritime.
Husson jolted Johnson State, 8-6, on Saturday, logging its fourth consecutive win after an 0-4 start that included a pair of one-goal losses.
Landry registered four goals and four assists in an earlier 20-1 rout of Rivier.
Not counting Saturday’s victory, Landry leads the Eagles with 26 goals and seven assists through what is essentially the first half of the season. By comparison, Landry led the team in scoring last spring as a freshman with 31 goals and 14 assists for 45 points in 13 games.
Nearly two-thirds of Landry’s shot attempts have been on goal, with more than 36 percent of those resulting in a score.
There’s another local sniper in the mix for Husson.
Nick Brown of Sabattus (Oak Hill), also a sophomore, has seven goals and four assists through his first seven games as a midfielder.
Brown was third on the team a year ago with 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points.
Landry and Brown’s family and friends will get a chance to see them in action relatively close to home Tuesday. Husson welcomes Norwich in a 5 p.m. neutral-site clash on the turf at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
LAVERTU’S POLAR BEARS AT NO. 16
The Bowdoin College women’s tennis team has soared to a No. 16 national ranking in NCAA Division III with a huge boost from first-year ace Chantalle Lavertu of Lewiston.
Lavertu is 5-1 in singles for the spring season, playing primarily at the third rung of the ladder for Bowdoin. Her lone loss to date was against Pomona Pitzer, the sixth-ranked team in the country.
She also has logged a pair of recent doubles victories for Bowdoin, which also has won five of its last six matches as a team. Three of those victories have come at the expense of nationally ranked opponents.
Bowdoin faced Connecticut College on Saturday.
RIDING THE WAVE
For most of the season, 25-year-old Dave Wilson was a forgotten reserve goaltender on a struggling University of Maine hockey team.
Funny how the fortunes of an entire lifetime in a sport can change in the span of nine days. Pressed into action when Maine’s starting netminder was suspended, Wilson responded by backstopping the Bears to the cusp of a Hockey East championship.
Maine’s road ended with an overtime loss to Boston College in the title game, but not before Wilson stepped up with the first three victories of his senior campaign. Included in the improbable run were a 2-0 shutout of UMass Lowell in the second game of a quarterfinal series and a semifinal win over top-seeded Boston University.
Those results earned Wilson a shot at the pros. The American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs have signed Wilson to an amateur tryout contract.
Wilson joined the team prior to its game Friday.