MELBOURNE, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team stood tied with 12th-ranked Florida Institute of Technology late in the opening half before the Panthers pulled away for a 19-11 victory on Wednesday evening at Palm Bay High School's Pirate Stadium. The Purple Knights, who sought the first 3-0 start in program history, slipped to 2-1, while Florida Tech is now 7-1 on the heels of its fifth straight win. The Panthers' national ranking is according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).
Junior Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) recorded his second hat trick of the season for Saint Michael's, while first-year Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) turned in one goal and three assists. Classmate Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) scored twice, senior Matt Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) had a goal and an assist, and junior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) and sophomores Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe), Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) all tallied once. Senior Sean Curtin (Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) caused six turnovers, and junior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made 17 saves.
Senior Zach Wynne (Sykesville, Md./Glenelg/West Virginia) led Florida Tech with four goals and four assists, junior Brian Bacarella (Trumbull, Conn./Saint Joseph) notched four goals and an assist, while classmates Jason Terry (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall/UMBC) and Nick Wynne (Sykesville, Md./Glenelg/Howard CC) both had a hat trick with one helper. Sophomore Travis Wunder (Westminster, Md./Westminster) was 23-of-30 on face-offs with 12 ground balls, and redshirt senior Eric Biller (Westminster, Md./Westminster/CCBC Essex) posted 11 stops and scored once.
Biller made a rush to score 1:02 after the opening face-off before the Purple Knights regrouped with three goals in a 1:06 span, as Ryan, McGill and Wallace got on the board to make it 3-1 Saint Michael's by 8:58 of the opening quarter. Florida Tech tied the game with 3:14 left before the teams combined for three tallies in the final 41 seconds. Colyer put the visitors in front at 41 ticks before the Panthers countered eight seconds later, but Ryan scored off of Loughlin's feed with one second left to give Saint Michael's a 5-4 edge after one period.
Bacarella knotted the contest once more 34 seconds into the second stanza, but Loughlin assisted McGill 1:22 later before netting a tally himself to provide a 7-5 advantage at 10:52. Nick Wynne scored at 9:22 to begin a stretch of five goals in 1:16, four of which the Panthers potted. McGill responded at 8:57 to recreate his team's two-goal cushion, but Nick Wynne scored 11 seconds later before Zach Wynne scored and assisted Terry's go-ahead marker 12 seconds apart.
Goodman tied the contest at 2:46 to kick off another flurry, as five goals were recorded in a late 1:41 span, with Florida Tech scoring the final four to begin pulling away. Terry scored eight seconds after Goodman, Zach Wynne found the back of the net 10 seconds after that, and he and Bacarella scored once more to put the hosts up 13-9 at halftime. Bacarella's marker at 11:28 of the third pushed the advantage to five.
Fitzgerald scored with 5:48 remaining to bring the Purple Knights within 14-10, but the Panthers posted five of the game's final six goals, with three coming during man-up situations. Zach Wynne and Bacarella scored 51 seconds apart late in the fourth to make it 18-11 before Dromeshauser scored during a man advantage at 2:13, but Florida Tech added an extra-man tally in the final minute.
The Purple Knights wrap up a three-game road trip at No. 7 Le Moyne College on Saturday at 11 a.m.