MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team rallied from seven goals down nearly midway through the game en route to a 12-11 win at Southern New Hampshire University during Northeast-10 Conference action at Larkin Field on Saturday. The Purple Knights improve to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the league, while the Penmen drop to 1-7 and 1-4. Saint Michael's is fourth in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while Southern New Hampshire stands fifth.
Saint Michael's senior Matt Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) and sophomore Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) both logged hat tricks with three goals and one assist. Junior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) recorded two goals, three assists and three ground balls, while classmate Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) and first-year Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) both scored twice. First-year Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) went 11-for-21 on face-offs and scooped up six ground balls, senior Sean Curtin (Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) had five ground balls, and classmate Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) totaled four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) posted 19 saves with three ground balls.
Junior Cameron Joyce (Braintree, Mass./Archbishop Williams) paced Southern New Hampshire with three goals and four assists, and sophomore Daniel Trainor (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) also provided three tallies. Graduate student Phil LaTorre (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) and sophomore Keifer Heckman (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) both scored twice, with LaTorre picking up an assist and Heckman collecting five ground balls. Sophomore Patrick Goff (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) finished with nine ground balls and was 13-for-23 at the X, while senior Crosby Nicholson (Andover, Mass./Andover) made 10 saves.
Joyce scored two of Southern New Hampshire's first three goals before Fitzgerald got Saint Michael's on the board by scoring with 4:02 left in the first quarter. Heckman responded with a pair of goals just 1:09 apart as the Penmen took a 5-1 lead after the opening stanza. Southern New Hampshire netted three more goals to start the second quarter, with Joyce assisting the first two and scoring one of his own to give the hosts an 8-1 lead with 5:12 remaining. Within a minute of the Penmen nabbing a seven-goal lead, tallies by Ryan and Goodman 18 seconds apart brought the Purple Knights to an 8-3 deficit by 4:28, and the score remained the same at halftime.
Coming out of the halftime break, Saint Michael's notched all seven goals in the third quarter to take a 10-8 advantage. Yetter and Dromeshauser scored 1:01 apart to make it 8-5 by 10:58 of the period before the Purple Knights scored five times on as many shots in the final 2:13 to forge ahead. Two goals by Fitzgerald and one apiece by Ryan and Yetter came in the opening 1:22 stretch, with Ryan putting his team ahead for good at 51 seconds, and Bicknell made a late save before a quick clear put Dromeshauser in position to score right before the final horn.
The Purple Knights and Penmen then went back and forth in the final quarter, as LaTorre scored twice in the opening 4:45, sandwiched around a Goodman marker, to twice bring Southern New Hampshire within one goal. Dromeshauser tallied to produce a 12-10 margin at 4:08, but Trainor's man-up marker with 2:59 left made the score 12-11. The Penmen had three possessions in the final 2:06 and tested Bicknell with the final three shots on goal, but he stopped them all, including two point-blank tries with 1:36 left. In the final 10 seconds, sophomore Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) caused a turnover by the Penmen, and junior Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) recovered the ground ball as time elapsed.
The Purple Knights return home to face No. 3 Merrimack College at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Warriors' ranking is according to the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.