OK. This time I only lost two assaulting the downed UFO. The damned energy thing did its usual one shot one kill and took out Nathan, but in doing so it allowed John to get off a reaction shot, and Alec finished it off at point blank with a massive volley of lead. John's death was more my fault- I was hoping to run him through the UFO to help flank some Sectoids in the trees just outside the craft. There was a Sectoid in the craft- it had fled from an earlier encounter, and hit John with reaction fire, causing him to panic, and flee out of position. It finished him off on its turn.