Purple Knights tally eight straight to break third-quarter tie en route to win over Bentley

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team broke a 6-6 tie with a little more than 10 minutes left in the third quarter by tallying the next eight goals en route to a 14-7 victory over Bentley University on Tuesday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights, who are receiving votes toward this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, extended their winning streak to five games while improving to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Falcons slipped to 1-3 and 1-2.

Junior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) tallied four goals and two assists for the Purple Knights, while classmate Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) contributed two markers and two helpers. Senior Christian Cook (South Burlington, Vt./New Hampton School) added one goal and two assists, while sophomores Connor Glackin (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) and Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) each netted two goals. Junior defender Neil Kelly (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) earned the first point of his career with the game-winning goal midway through the third frame. Senior Peter Hanson (Andover, Mass./Andover) recorded seven ground balls and five caused turnovers, while sophomore Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) scooped up seven ground balls and was 13-of-20 on draws. Classmate Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 11 saves.

Senior Richard Travers (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and junior Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) each contributed two goals for the Falcons, with Travers adding an assist. Sophomore Brian Karl (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) finished with eight saves in a little more than 53 minutes of action.

The Falcons scored twice in a 39-second span to make it 2-0 by 9:19 of the first frame before the Purple Knights responded, as Glackin scored at 5:53 and Donnally followed 1:24 later. The Purple Knights erased another two-goal deficit late in the second quarter, as Glackin and McDonald each tallied in the final 1:52 to knot the score at five.

The squads traded goals early in the third stanza, as Donnally capped a 3-0 run 29 seconds in, but the Falcons tied the score at six with 12:06 remaining. From there, the Purple Knights scored the next eight goals to take a commanding 14-6 lead with 5:11 left in the contest. Cook put the hosts ahead for good at 10:07 of the third, and Kelly converted the eventual game-winning goal at 7:43. In a 9-6 game, the Purple Knights tallied their final five markers in a 4:08 span during the fourth quarter. The visitors broke their 25:07 scoreless stretch with 1:58 left.

The Purple Knights host No. 2 Le Moyne College on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Dolphins, who have been to the NCAA Tournament championship game five out of the last six years, are the second-ranked team according to the latest USILA national poll.