WATERBURY, Conn. - Graduate student Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) scored a career-high-tying eight points to help the Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team down Post University, 16-7, on Saturday at LaMoy Field. The Purple Knights received votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll while starting a season 2-0 for the first time since 2015.
- Saint Michael's (2-0), Post (1-4)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Graduate student Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), 5 goals (tied career high), 3 assists
- Junior Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), 4 goals (career high), 1 assist
- First-year Max Djusberg (Abington, Mass./Boston College HS), 3 goals (career high), 1 assist, 6-for-9 faceoffs, 5 ground balls
- Sophomore Jon Lockwood (Norwell, Mass./Norwell), 2 goals
- First-year Matt McGaffigan (Rockland, Mass./Rockland), 2 assists, 3 ground balls
- Senior David Malota (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley), 1 goal
- Junior Alec Sharlow (Watertown, N.Y./South Jefferson), 1 goal
- Junior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore), 13-for-18 faceoffs, 9 ground balls, 1 assist
- Senior Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional), 6 ground balls, 2 assists
- Senior Brendan Morris (Hingham, Mass./Hingham), 4 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
- First-year Addison Kitchin (Hingham, Mass./Hingham), 3 ground balls, 1 assist
- Sophomore Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 9 saves in 57:12
- First-year Brady Neeb (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), 0 saves in 2:48 of relief (college debut)
- Redshirt sophomore Carlos Chacua, 3 goals
- Sophomore Justin Nogueira, 1 goal, 2 assists
- Junior Jake Bova, 1 goal, 1 assist
- Junior Manuele D'Alessio, 16 saves
- Saint Michael's received votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll.
- The Purple and Gold is 2-0 for the first time since 2015.
- The Purple Knights improved to 3-0 in the all-time series, holding sizable advantages in shots (49-21), ground balls (38-19) and faceoff wins (19-8) while forcing 30 turnovers.
- Behind a career-high-tying eight points, Loughlin moved into ninth in program history with 132 for his career. He passed SMC Athletic Hall of Famer Ray Roch '87 (130) and Kevin Duffy '03 (131) while coming within one point of George Finn '90 (133) for eighth.
- Already fourth in program history in assists, Loughlin pushed his career total to 70.
- Richmond moved into a tie with Zach Smith '09 for fourth in school annals with 207 career faceoff wins.
- Grillone scored at even strength, with a man advantage and with his team a man down, becoming the first Purple Knight to turn the feat since Mark Yetter '16 on March 26, 2016.
- The Purple Knights led 4-0 just 5:12 after the opening draw, with Loughlin scoring twice and dishing two assists in the opening stretch, including on Grillone's tally 15 seconds into the game. Malota pushed the lead to 2-0 at 13:41 of the first quarter before Loughlin had a pair of unassisted tallies.
- Chacua (man-up goal) and Nogueira scored 3:36 apart to halve the deficit at 4:03.
- Djusberg won the ensuing draw and fed Grillone for a goal just five seconds after Nogueira's tally, kicking off a 7-0 run.
- Saint Michael's scored the first six goals of the second stanza. Lockwood converted Grillone's pass at 12:26 before Djusberg tallied six seconds later after winning the faceoff. In one 2:09 stretch, Loughlin scored twice, Grillone netted a man-up tally, and Sharlow found the back of the net, pushing the lead to 11-2.
- Chacua and redshirt sophomore Mark Colella cut the deficit to 11-4 by 1:56, but Loughlin put home his fifth goal 16 seconds later, sparking a 4-0 spurt. Djusberg sandwiched goals around Grillone's man-down marker, making it 15-4 early in the fourth quarter.
- Post netted the next three goals, with two in extra-man opportunities, before Lockwood scored with 3:08 left.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Saturday vs. No. 20 Assumption College, 1 p.m.
- The contest will be the Purple Knights' Northeast-10 Conference opener.
- Assumption's national ranking is according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).