OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. - The 11th-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team slipped to its second defeat against a top-five team this week, falling to the nationally-ranked New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), 14-10, on Saturday afternoon at President's Stadium. The Purple Knights, who are ranked in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, slip to 1-2 with the loss, while the Bears, who stand tied for fifth nationally, improve to 5-1.
Senior Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) finished with three goals, an assist and five ground balls for Saint Michael's, while classmates Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) and Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) and junior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) each added a pair of markers. Donnally raised his career goal total to 103 and moved within four goals of tying Ray Roch '87 (107) for third in program history. Junior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) scored his first goal of the season, classmate Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) recorded two assists, and senior Evan White (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) caused five turnovers. Junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made five saves and tallied three ground balls before classmate Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) had two saves in the final 21:44.
Sophomore Luke Miller (Mastic, N.Y./Stony Brook) posted five goals and three assists for NYIT, while classmate Ryan Brunet (Sound Beach, N.Y./Comsewogue) notched three goals and an assist. Junior Cory Triola (Levittown, N.Y./Division Ave) and first-year Shawn Murphy (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem North) each netted two goals, and sophomore Nick Pelella (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Stone Brook) was 18-for-27 on face-offs and had eight ground balls. Senior Joe Fallon (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) made 11 stops.
The Purple Knights battled back from a pair of two-goal deficits in the first quarter, as Zuccarini scored with 10:01 remaining in the frame and Vanzo found the back of the net with seven seconds left to make the score 3-2 in favor of NYIT. Following a goal by the hosts 2:13 into the second quarter, Saint Michael's received goals from Quenneville and Donnally with 8:27 and 7:43 to play in the period, respectively, to knot the game at 4-4.
The Bears scored six of the game's next eight goals to take a 10-6 advantage before the visitors netted three of the next four to trail 11-9 with 10:55 remaining in the fourth. NYIT had back-to-back goals at 10:33 and 6:46 before Zuccarini tallied a man-up goal with 3:02 left to play. Miller scored with 12 ticks left to seal the victory for the Bears.
The Purple Knights return to action next Saturday when they play their home opener against The College of Saint Rose at 3 p.m.