Men's lacrosse falls shy of nationally-regarded Bentley in NE-10 action

Men's lacrosse falls shy of nationally-regarded Bentley in NE-10 action

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team rallied to within three goals late in the third quarter during an eventual 12-6 loss to nationally-regarded Bentley University on Tuesday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights fell to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Falcons, who are receiving votes toward this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, are 4-3 and 4-1.

Senior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) scored twice for Saint Michael's, while classmates Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) and Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union) both tacked on a goal and an assist. Quenneville was also 5-of-7 on face-offs. Senior Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) and first-year Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) both added their first goals of the season, while Casserly scooped five ground balls. Senior Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) made 11 saves, and junior Sean Curtin (Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) and first-year Salvatore Loris (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) both caused three turnovers.

Sophomore Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) had four goals and an assist for Bentley, and junior Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) notched a hat trick and a helper. Senior Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) recorded 14 stops.

Brigham scored the game's first goal with 8:22 remaining in the first quarter before Sargent responded 21 seconds later, but Dimond put Bentley back in front at 6:28 to begin a 4-0 run that included two goals in 39 seconds during the opening minute of the second period.

Down 5-1 at halftime, the Purple Knights quickly climbed back into the game following intermission. Casserly won the opening draw for the second half before completing an individual effort by scoring nine second into the period. Dimond made it a four-goal game again at 11:21, but Connor and Antolino scored nine seconds apart soon thereafter, and Saint Michael's was within 6-4 at the 10-minute mark. However, two quick Falcon strikes 14 ticks apart completed a flurry of four goals in a matter of 53 seconds, as Brigham put his team up 8-4 with 9:16 to go.

Antolino drew the Purple and Gold within three goals with 6:24 left in the third quarter, but Brigham countered nine seconds later, kicking off a stretch of Bentley scoring four of the last five tallies.

The Purple Knights host Pace University on Saturday at 1 p.m.