Men's lacrosse holds off nationally-ranked Mercy for 12-9 victory

Men's lacrosse holds off nationally-ranked Mercy for 12-9 victory

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The regionally-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team knocked off 10th-ranked Mercy (N.Y.) College, 12-9, in non-conference action at Duffy Field on Tuesday. The Purple Knights, who are fifth in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, are now 6-7, while the Mavericks, who received their ranking from this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, move to 10-4. With Tuesday's win, Saint Michael's beat a nationally-ranked for the first time since April 13, 2013.

Junior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) matched a career high with four goals in addition to two assists for Saint Michael's. First-year Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) had two goals, two assists and three ground balls, and senior Matt Casella (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) chipped in two goals and two ground balls. Juniors Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) and Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) and sophomores Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) and Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) each scored once.

First-year Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while senior Sean Curtin (Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) and first-year Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) both collected three ground balls. First-year Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) made 14 saves and notched four ground balls for his first collegiate win. Senior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) registered four caused turnovers to set the program's career record, which now sits at 73. Solms reached the feat late in the first quarter after entering the day just one caused turnover behind Neil Kelly's '13 previous mark.

Junior Connor McLachlan (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) paced Mercy with three goals, while junior Robert Rossi (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge/Adelphi) and sophomore Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) both scored twice, with Rossi adding an assist and two ground balls. Junior Kyle Stockton (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) had one goal, one assist and three ground balls, while sophomore Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored once and had two ground balls. Graduate student Kevin Glueckert (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage/Albany) took every face-off, going 17-of-23 with 10 ground balls, while first-year Michael Schneider (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) recorded three saves.

McLachlan netted two goals in the opening 2:18 for an early 2-0 advantage before Loughlin took a pass from Yetter for the Purple Knights' first goal 4:52 into the game. Mercy then scored twice in 50 seconds to go up 4-1, but Yetter notched a goal with help from first-year Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) with 3:07 left in the first quarter as Saint Michael's trailed, 4-2, after the opening stanza. The hosts then outscored Mercy, 5-0, with five goal different scorers in the second quarter to take a 7-4 halftime lead. Each of the goals came in a 6:41 stretch and capped a 6-0 run. Goodman's marker 4:25 into the period broke a 4-4 tie before Yetter chipped in a man-up goal 46 seconds later. Yetter also assisted on Colyer's tally with 7:24 to go for the hosts' final goal of the half.

The Mavericks opened the second half with goals from Speicher and McLachlan 15 seconds apart as the visitors trimmed the deficit to 7-6 by the time 1:57 had elapsed. The Purple Knights increased the margin to 9-6 after Yetter and Casella scored the last goals of the third quarter. Mercy clawed back to within one goal yet again for a 9-8 score with 7:59 remaining when Rossi and Stockton notched markers. Saint Michael's punched in three consecutive tallies in a 2:10 span to build a 12-8 advantage before Wilcox netted the Mavericks' final goal with 57 seconds to go.

The Purple Knights close out their regular season with a home meeting against Assumption College for Senior Day on Saturday at 1 p.m. With one league game remaining, the Purple and Gold is one game out of the sixth and final playoff spot in the Northeast-10 Conference.