BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. - The regionally-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team dropped a 17-8 decision to Pace University on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference action at Pace Field. The Purple Knights, who were fifth in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, are 5-7 overall and 4-6 in the league, while the Setters are 7-6 and 5-5. With one league game remaining, the Purple and Gold is one game out of the sixth and final playoff spot in the NE-10.
Junior Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) posted a hat trick for Saint Michael's, while classmate Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) and first-year Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) both had a goal and two assists. Yetter added three ground balls. Seniors Matt Casella (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) and Matt Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) and junior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) all scored once, with Goodman also causing two turnovers. First-year Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) took the loss after making seven saves in the opening 43:03 before junior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) had seven stops in relief.
Senior Sean Curtin (Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) snagged four ground balls and caused two turnovers, while classmate Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) and first-year Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) recorded two ground balls and two caused turnovers apiece. With 69 caused turnovers for his career, Solms is one shy of Neil Kelly's '13 program record.
First-year Liam Brennan (Huntington Station, N.Y./Walt Whitman) posted five goals and five assists for Pace, while classmates Wyatt Barfoot (Georgian Bluffs, Ontario/Saint Mary's) and Anthony Gadaleta (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) both turned in hat tricks. Junior Matt Ruquet (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point/Manhattan) was 18-for-27 on face-offs while picking up 11 ground balls, and graduate student Michael Bonitatibus (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown/Loyola [Md.]) made 10 saves in the opening 54:15.
Goodman and Casella scored by the time the clock read 11:51 of the opening quarter, but Brennan later scored then dished to a teammate eight seconds later to knot the contest at two with 9:15 remaining. Yetter fed Loughlin for another go-ahead tally just 1:09 after that, but sophomore Peter Sharp (Airmont, N.Y./Suffern) tied the game at 5:53 and found Brennan 32 seconds after that during a man-up opportunity, and Pace led 4-3. Yetter found the back of the net with 3:11 to go, and the teams concluded a back-and-forth opening 15 minutes tied at four.
Three different Setters rattled off goals in the opening 4:51 of the second quarter, kicking off a 12-1 run that stretched into the fourth period, with McGill's goal off of a Loughlin pass at 3:46 of the second accounting for the lone Purple Knight goal. That tally brought the visitors within 8-5, but the next eight goals came out of Pace sticks, and the hosts led 16-5 with 6:25 remaining in regulation. Dromeshauser scored a man-up marker with 5:36 left before McGill tacked on a pair in the closing 1:48.
The Purple Knights break from league play by hosting 10th ranked Mercy (N.Y.) College on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The Mavericks' national ranking is according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).