Men's Lacrosse Downs Regionally-Ranked SNHU, 17-14, Claims First 3-0 Start

Men's Lacrosse Downs Regionally-Ranked SNHU, 17-14, Claims First 3-0 Start

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Three different Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse players potted hat tricks as the Purple Knights moved to 3-0 for the first time with a 17-14 victory against regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday at Duffy Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple and Gold, which was receiving votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, downed the fourth-ranked Penmen after defeating fifth-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-0, 3-0 NE10), Southern New Hampshire (1-2, 1-2 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Max Katavolos (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), 4 goals, 2 assists
  • First-year Kevin Riggs (Plainville, Mass./King Philip Regional), 4 goals, 1 assist
  • Junior Kyle Hirshom (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), 2 goals, 2 assists, 5 ground balls
  • First-year Nathan Woods (Ottawa, Ontario/Kent School), 2 goals, 2 assists, 3 ground balls
  • First-year Peter Canning (Plainville, Mass./Xaverian Brothers), 3 goals
  • First-year Matt Costantino (North Andover, Mass./The Brooks School), 1 goal
  • First-year Dylan Morgan (Ashland, Mass./Ashland), 1 goal
  • Senior Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 12 saves, 3 ground balls
  • First-year Rocky Grillone (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), 5 caused turnovers, 4 ground balls
  • Sophomore Kevin Mitchell (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit), 4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
  • Senior Patrick Murphy (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's), 3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
  • Senior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore), 15-for-34 faceoffs, 8 ground balls

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Stephen Dubois, 3 goals, 2 assists
  • Senior Cole Jacobsen, 3 goals, 1 assist
  • First-year Jack Terrones, 3 goals
  • Sophomore Gennaro Marra, 19-for-34 faceoffs, 8 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
  • Senior Oscar Kozikowski, 10 saves in 45 minutes
  • Junior Alex Sturgess, 4 saves in 15 minutes of relief

GAME FACTS

  • The Purple Knights are 3-0 overall for the first time since the program started in 1983, and 3-0 in league play for the first time since a 9-0 start in 2013.
  • Saint Michael's downed the Penmen for the first time at home since March 26, 2014.
  • The Purple and Gold forced 31 giveaways, coming up with 20 caused turnovers, while going 19-for-23 on clears and holding the Penmen to a 14-for-25 showing.
  • Riggs set a career high with four goals after netting one tally in his first two games this season, while Canning potted his first hat trick, doubling his season goal total in the process. Katavolos tied his career high with six points.
  • Already the program record holder in career faceoff wins, Richmond pushed his total to 408 while taking over second place with 198 ground balls, passing Peter Hanson '12 (194) in the process. Only Kevin Simmons '08 (213) has more in the history of Saint Michael's men's lacrosse.

THE ACTION

  • Juniors Chris Valentine and Jackson Hounchell scored 58 seconds apart to give Southern New Hampshire a 2-0 edge by 12:09 of the first quarter.
  • The Purple Knights countered with a 4-0 run that took 4:44 to elapse, as Katavolos and Riggs both notched a goal and an assist. Morgan added a man-up strike, while Hirshom's tally with 1:57 remaining made it 4-2.
  • Jacobsen's man-up goal at 14:11 of the second tied the teams at four, but the hosts led 7-5 after Hirshom's man-down marker with 3:13 left in the stanza.
  • Dubois netted his team's second consecutive man-up goal with 1:47 to go, drawing the Penmen within 7-6 by the half. After going 4-for-6 during extra-man chances over the opening 30 minutes, the visitors did not draw another man-up opportunity in the game.
  • Dubois and Valentine scored 1:34 apart early in the third quarter to make it 8-8, but the Purple Knights responded with a 5-0 run, part of a 5:14 segment of the frame that saw the teams combine for seven goals. Costantino put Saint Michael's up to stay at 10:36, Riggs converted Woods' dish at 9:27, and Katavolos scored twice over the ensuing 1:10, with his strikes coming 30 seconds apart. Hirshom aided the first, a man-up tally, and Woods assisted the second. Canning pushed the lead to 13-8 at 2:43.
  • The Penmen started the fourth quarter with four consecutive goals in a matter of 3:00, drawing within 13-12 on Jacobsen's goal at 11:15. Richmond won the ensuing faceoff, but the hosts quickly turned the ball over, giving Southern New Hampshire a chance to tie. However, Joy denied a shot with his chest protector with 10:31 to go, sophomore defender Brian Sardella (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) scooped the ground ball to begin a transition chance, and Woods scored off of a Katavolos feed at 9:35 to extend the lead.
  • That goal started a 3-0 run over a 2:05 span, with Riggs and Canning also scoring to make it 16-12.
  • After the Penmen rallied within two goals on a Jacobsen score with 2:22 left, Woods took a Hirshom pass 19 seconds later and pushed the advantage back to three goals.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Next Saturday at nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College, 7 p.m.
  • The Hawks are 19th in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll and first in this week's NEILA rankings, taking all six first-place votes.