COLCHESTER, Vt. - Junior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) tallied a career-high six goals to help head coach Brian Kingsbury earn a victory in his debut with the Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team, a 9-5 triumph over Mercy (N.Y.) College on Tuesday at Duffy Field. After a match-up that featured two teams receiving votes in the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, the Purple Knights improved to 1-0, while the Mavericks fell to 0-2.
Junior Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) tallied one goal and one assist for the Purple Knights, while sophomores Connor Glackin (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) and Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) each found the back of the net. The marker was McDonald's first as a collegian. Seniors Kevin Hunt (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) and Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield/Quinnipiac) contributed two helpers apiece, while sophomore Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made seven saves. Senior defenders Peter Hanson (Andover, Mass./Andover) and Evan White (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) caused four turnovers and scooped up 10 ground balls, respectively.
Junior Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) led the Mavericks with two goals, while classmate Frank Henenlotter (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) finished with one tally and one assist. Junior T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) finished with 22 saves in the loss, as Mercy was outshot 45-20.
Henenlotter gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead 1:13 into the game before the Purple Knights fired off three straight goals in the final 6:32 of the first quarter, with Donnally picking up his first two of the contest. After Mercy cut its deficit to 3-2 early in the second, Saint Michael's netted the next four markers and never again led by fewer than four goals. Donnally scored twice in the fourth quarter to give the hosts their largest lead at 9-3.
The Purple Knights head into Northeast-10 Conference play on Friday at Saint Anselm College at 7 p.m.