Men's lacrosse plays second straight nationally-regarded foe, falls at Saint Anselm, 6-5

MANCHESTER, N.H. - In its second match-up of nationally-regarded programs in four days, the Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team lost its Northeast-10 Conference opener at Saint Anselm College, 6-5, on Friday at Grappone Stadium. The Purple Knights slipped to 1-1 overall, while the Hawks are 3-1. Each team received votes toward this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.

Junior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) scored twice for Saint Michael's, senior Kevin Hunt (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) added a goal and an assist, while junior Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) and sophomore Connor Glackin (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) each netted one marker. Sophomore Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) had 13 stops, while senior defender Evan White (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) scooped up six ground balls.

Sophomore Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) totaled two goals and two assists for the Hawks, including both goals and a helper in the final quarter. Four Saint Anselm players had one goal each, including freshman Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester) netting the winner, and junior Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas/Plano West) made 14 saves.

The teams headed into the fourth quarter tied at three before combining to find the back of the net five times in the final stanza. Mee and Vanzo traded goals in the opening 6:32, but Mee and Kennedy scored 1:23 apart to put the hosts on top for good, with Kennedy's winner coming at 5:28. Hunt responded with a man-up goal with 4:09 remaining, and a final Saint Michael's shot with less than 30 seconds left was stopped by O'Reilly.

Glackin struck for the game's opening marker with 9:38 to go in the first quarter before the Hawks knotted the score 1:51 later, but Donnally tallied 3:44 before halftime to put the Purple Knights back in front. After Saint Anselm netted a pair during a late two-minute stretch of the third quarter, Donnally scored at 2:12, just 42 seconds following the hosts' go-ahead man-up marker, and the teams went into the fourth period tied.

Saint Michael's heads to the San Francisco Bay Area for its next three games, beginning with a contest against Adams State (Colo.) College on Monday that will occur at Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) University. The game begins at 2 p.m. local time and 5 p.m. on the East Coast.