No. 9 men's lacrosse falls to No. 4 Le Moyne, claims fourth seed in NE-10 Championship

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - One of the most successful regular seasons in Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse history came to an end on Saturday, as the Purple Knights dropped a 15-4 decision at Le Moyne College on Ted Grant Field. The contest was a match-up of top-10 teams in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.

Both squads competed the year 9-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference and tied for third in the league standings, as ninth-ranked Saint Michael's slipped to 10-4 but will hold down the No. 4 seed in the upcoming NE-10 Championship. The fourth-ranked Dolphins stand 12-2 and are the tournament's third seed. The Purple Knights are also fourth in the latest NCAA North Region rankings, while Le Moyne, which has gone to 10 of the past 11 NCAA Tournaments, is sixth.

Saint Michael's, which is one win shy of matching last year's program record, will host a play-off game for the seventh time in eight years when it welcomes fifth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University to Duffy Field for a first-round contest on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Purple and Gold downed the Penmen, 9-5, on the road on March 26.

Junior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) scored twice for Saint Michael's while adding three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and classmate Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) had a goal, an assist and three ground balls. Junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 11 saves and scooped up three ground balls.

Junior Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) and sophomore Kevin Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.Y./Ridge) both had a hat trick for Le Moyne, and first-year Mike Jenkins (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) notched two goals and two assists. Junior Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Bridgton Academy) went 11-of-15 on face-offs, and senior Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) had 10 saves in the opening 53:08.

Le Moyne scored the first nine goals of the game, extending upon a 7-0 halftime advantage with two markers in the opening 3:44 of the third quarter. Quenneville scored at 9:55 of the period before dishing off to Antolino with nine seconds remaining, but the Dolphins scored four of the first five goals in the fourth quarter.