The Husson University lacrosse teams are having productive seasons as they prepare for the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Tournament.

Both teams are 5-1 in conference play and both are probably destined to be the second seeds for the tournaments.

The women’s lacrosse team has won three of its last four to elevate its record to 7-6 overall.

“We’re about where I thought we would be,” said coach Mark Hundhammer. “We’ve had a few games slip away, games we didn’t expect to lose. But that can happen.”

There were plenty of holes to fill at the outset of the season.

Leading scorer Shelby Bradford (43 goals, 28 assists) graduated and they are also without Alex Laniewski (25 & 7), Caitlyn Butterfield (22 & 4) and Megan O’Neil (19 & 15).

But the Eagles did return NAC Player of the Year Megan Clement and she has followed up her 49-goal season with 33 goals this season. She had nine assists a year ago and has seven so far this season.

He has also received a big lift from his sophomore class, four in particular.

“Kim Gambon has had an awesome season. She has a lot of assists and has been the conference player of the week twice,” said Hundhammer.

Gambon has 21 goals and 16 assists after registering 19 & 11 a year ago.

“Stephanie Eaton has had a great season in the midfield,” added Hundhammer, who has received 30 & 11 from Eaton.

And he said Michelle Rancourt (8 & 2) has anchored the defense in front of goalie Kaleigh Morneau (12.13 goals-against average, .490 save percentage).

“Kaleigh has been terrific in goal,” said Hundhammer.

Hundhammer said, “A lot of other players are coming along like (freshman) Emily Child on defense. She has been spectacular. (Senior) Alex Huffman (10 & 1) and (freshman) Caitlyn Stauffer (14 & 5) have been really good for us in the midfield.”

Junior Rebecca Hatin (10 & 3) has been the other player with 10 or more goals.

In addition to Bradford and Clement, Butterfield, Rancourt and Eaton were All-NAC first team picks a year ago.

Hundhammer’s Eagles won the conference tournament a year ago and he said, “We’re capable of doing it again this year.”

First-year Husson men’s lacrosse coach Tim Murphy has been pleased with his team’s season to date.

“We’ve had pretty good success within our conference and our out-of-conference schedule has really helped us,” said Murphy.

Murphy said one of the measuring sticks for his team’s progress has been in the form of his team’s performance against conference leader Castleton State.

Last year, Husson dropped a 13-7 regular-season decision to Castleton State and a 17-5 NAC semifinal game to the Vermont school.

This season, the Eagles lost 10-9 to the Spartans.

“That one-goal loss was tough to take. It has made our guys hungry for the tournament,” said Murphy.

It is a youthful Husson team with 18 freshmen and sophomores dotting the roster, and he said they have developed a “great understanding” of the system they are using.

They are 6-9 overall.

He has been pleased with the play of his attacking trio of juniors Ben Landry (26 & 8) and Tony Diaz (11 & 6) and sophomore Mitch Heaps (26 & 7).

“They are doing very well. They have each contributed in their own way,” said Murphy.

Landry scored 81 goals a year ago and was named a second team All-NAC selection while Heaps had 38 goals and Diaz scored 29.

He said midfielders Matt Sweeney (17 & 20), a senior, and Chris Pelletier (11 & 4), a sophomore, have “really stepped up huge for us.”

Sophomore Matt Tabler, the team’s lone first team All-NAC pick last season, has been the steadying force on defense along with impressive freshmen Mark Nardelli and Matt Catalano.

Junior John Hopper (9.90 GAA, .527 save percentage) has done a “great job” in the net according to Murphy.