Miller's first career goal comes in overtime, sends Saint Michael's past Saint Anselm

Miller's first career goal comes in overtime, sends Saint Michael's past Saint Anselm

COLCHESTER, Vt. - First-year John Miller's (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) first career goal came with 56.3 seconds left in overtime to lift the regionally-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team past Saint Anselm College, 11-10, on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference action on Duffy Field. The Purple Knights, who are fifth in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, improved to 5-6 overall and 4-5 in the league while snapping a four-game losing streak. The Hawks are 1-9 and 1-7.

Junior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) turned in a career-high four goals for the hosts, sophomore Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) scored twice, and junior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) had a goal and an assist. First-year Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) recorded four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while senior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) and first-year Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) both had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) earned the win with seven saves and three ground balls in 33:04 after first-year Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) made three stops in his first career start.

In addition to Miller, senior Matt Casella (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep), junior Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) and sophomore Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) all scored once. First-year Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) dished out two assists and sophomore Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) caused a trio of turnovers.

Senior Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester) scored four times for Saint Anselm, while sophomore Mark Vitello (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) had two goals and an assist. Classmate Chris McCormack (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) went 14-for-22 on face-offs with seven ground balls, and first-year Lucas DeAngelo (Byfield, Mass./Saint John's Prep) took the loss after allowing 10 of the Purple Knights' goals and making 11 saves with five ground balls in 61:48.

McCormack won the face-off to open overtime, but the Hawks' only attempt to win during the extra session was stopped by Bicknell at 3:13 of the four-minute period. DeAngelo was closest to the ball after the second of two Purple Knight shots sailed wide on the ensuing possession, and Saint Anselm succeeded in clearing the ball before Johnson corralled a loose ball to transition possession back to Saint Michael's with 1:25 remaining. Saint Anselm was called for a penalty at 1:14, and Yetter found Miller for a shot from the right wing during the man-up opportunity that followed, with the rookie scoring his first goal for the sudden-death winner.

In a game which neither team ever led by more than two goals, Goodman opened the scoring 43 seconds in before Vitello knotted the contest and dished off on the second goal, and Kennedy completed a 3-0 run with three seconds left in the opening period. Fitzgerald and Vitello traded goals to begin the second, but Saint Michael's strung together four consecutive tallies to take a 6-4 lead by 14:49 of the third period, on McGill's man-down marker. However, Kennedy scored twice in a 4-1 run that put the Hawks back on top, with his man-up goal providing the visitors with an 8-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Loughlin set up the first two goals of the fourth, first finding Yetter, who slung an over-the-shoulder shot from the doorstep to tie the game with 8:40 remaining. Three minutes later, DeAngelo carried a clearing attempt into pressure near the midfield, ultimately making an errant pass back toward his defensive zone, where Loughlin picked up the loose ball and passed to Casella, who scored on a net lightly guarded by a defender at 5:24.

Senior Charles Geraghty (Norwich, Vt./Hanover) knotted the game 45 seconds later, but Goodman came through with his fourth tally at 2:27 to give Saint Michael's the lead once more. However, Kennedy scored with 15 seconds left in regulation to forge the seventh tie. First-year Dan Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) won the ensuing draw, but the Purple Knights were unable to fire a shot during their final possession of the quarter.

Saint Michael's completes its road slate on Saturday at Pace University at 12 p.m. The contest will take place at Pace's Briarcliff campus.