Men's lacrosse's late comeback falls short during 10-8 loss at Mercy

Men's lacrosse's late comeback falls short during 10-8 loss at Mercy

BETHPAGE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team's late comeback effort fell shy on Tuesday evening during a 10-8 loss at Mercy (N.Y.) College during a contest played at Bethpage High School. The Purple Knights slipped to 0-4 while playing their first opponent this season not nationally ranked, and the Mavericks improved to 6-2 just one week after receiving votes toward a national poll.

After entering the day with two goals in 13 career games, sophomore Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) posted five goals on six shots for Saint Michael's while scooping four ground balls. First-year Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) tallied twice, and senior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) notched a goal, three assists and a 4-for-8 showing at the face-off X. Sophomore T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made four saves and notched three ground balls, and senior Sean Smith (West Islip, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) grabbed eight ground balls a little more than 10 miles from his hometown. Junior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) caused four turnovers, and first-year attack Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) corralled five ground balls.

Junior Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) led Mercy with four goals and an assist, and first-year Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) had a hat trick and a helper. Graduate student Kevin Glueckert (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage/Albany) went 13-for-21 on face-offs with eight ground balls, and sophomore A.J. Pellati (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) had eight saves.

The Purple Knights finished the game with a 34-26 advantage in shots, as Mercy's 9-6 edge early in the fourth quarter was the only time either squad led by more than two goals. McGill scored back-to-back goals at 8:45 of the first quarter and 47 seconds into the second to give the visitors a 2-1 lead before Wood tallied 2:32 before halftime to knot the contest by intermission.

After the teams combined for only four goals in the opening half, they totaled 10 in the third quarter alone, including seven in the first 8:55. Mercy went ahead 35 seconds into the stanza before McGill provided the equalizer 1:23 later. The Mavericks quickly scored a pair, with Wood's goal making it 5-3 by 9:20, but Quenneville dished to Antolino before finding the back of the net himself 38 ticks later to knot the game by 7:47. Quenneville again found Antolino at 4:34, producing a 6-6 knot for the final tie of the game, as Mercy scored the next three goals in a matter of 4:45.

Down 9-6 with less than 11 minutes remaining in regulation, Saint Michael's received goals from McGill at 10:48, off another helper from Quenneville, and at 2:32 with a man advantage, as the sophomore received a dish from senior Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter). However, the Mavericks won the ensuing draw and held for one shot, with Glueckert netting an insurance tally at 1:32. The visitors never attempted another shot.

The Purple Knights cap a four-game road trip on Saturday at The College of Saint Rose at 1 p.m.