COLCHESTER, Vt. - Despite a historic 27-save day from junior Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage), the Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team fell to eighth-ranked Adelphi University, 9-4, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the league, while the Panthers improved to 6-1 and 4-0. Adelphi, which qualified for three of the past six NCAA Tournaments, claimed its ranking in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll.
Hanley's 27 stops, the most ever by a Purple Knight in an NE10 game and the most by an NCAA Division II goalie this season, were three short of Ray Cormier's '90 school record set on April 20, 1988, against Middlebury College. He added four ground balls and a caused turnover on Saturday. Hanley tied for the most stops by a Saint Michael's goalie since John Eckroth '99 had 28 at the University of Vermont on April 23, 1998, as Jim Crozier '02 had also collected 27 on March 1, 2002, at Dowling College. Hanley registered the highest save total by an NE10 netminder since Assumption College's Chris Bird accumulated 28 on March 15, 2006.
Junior Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) had two ground balls and three caused turnovers, while classmate Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) and first-year Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) both notched a pair of ground balls while causing two turnovers. Junior Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) had a pair of caused turnovers. Saint Michael's forced as many turnovers as it committed - 24 - while limiting Adelphi to a 1-of-6 man-up showing.Junior Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) notched a goal and an assist, while senior Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and first-year Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) had a goal and two ground balls apiece. Junior Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) scored to account for his 95th career point, while sophomore Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) scooped five ground balls.
Junior Ian Kirby netted a hat trick for Adelphi, sophomore Michael Osmundsen scored twice, and classmate Gordon Purdie Jr. dished off three assists. Sophomore Brendan McDougal made six stops over the opening 38:52 to earn the win, and classmate Mark Andrejack went 15-of-17 on faceoffs with nine ground balls. Graduate student Dan Marino made four saves in relief.
Despite sustaining possession for much of the opening seven minutes of the game, the Panthers scored only once in that time, with Kirby finding the back of the net 2:31 into the contest. Off of a failed Saint Michael's clear, Junior Tyler Regnier doubled the lead with 7:50 to go, and Andrejack's victory on the ensuing faceoff led to Kirby making it 3-0 eight seconds later. Hanley recorded seven of his saves in the second period alone, with first-year John Arcidiacono's goal at 9:50 counting for the only scoring. Adelphi led 4-0 at halftime.
After only four balls hit the back of the net in the opening 30 minutes, the teams combined for eight goals during a 13:14 span of the third period. Murphy skipped a shot home off of first-year Anthony Sullivan's (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) feed to make it 5-1 at 11:50, but Osmundsen scored 51 seconds later and Kirby 35 ticks after that to kick off a 4-0 run. Grillone's solo effort at 2:19 was followed by Loughlin scoring a man-down marker from junior Bobby Frank's (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) pass with 1:02 remaining, bringing the Purple Knights within 9-3.
Saint Michael's scored the only goal of the fourth quarter, handing the Panthers their first scoreless final period of the season while blanking their opponent for the last 20:47 of the contest. Fitzgerald netted the lone tally, converting Murphy's man-up feed at the 6:42 mark.
The Purple Knights host Merrimack College on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Warriors are third in the latest USILA national poll and have advanced to the past two NCAA Tournament semifinal rounds.