Men's Lacrosse Suffers First Loss, Falls at 17th-Ranked Saint Anselm

Men's Lacrosse Suffers First Loss, Falls at 17th-Ranked Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team hit the road on Saturday for an evening Northeast-10 Conference contest in nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College's Grappone Stadium, where the Purple Knights lost a 29-3 decision. The Hawks are 17th in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll and first in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) rankings. The game was a meeting between the only two teams remaining with 3-0 NE10 marks.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-1, 3-1 NE10), Saint Anselm (4-0, 4-0 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • First-year Nathan Woods (Ottawa, Ontario/Kent School), 2 goals
  • Sophomore Alex Chirgwin (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), 1 goal, 5 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
  • Senior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore), 7 faceoff wins, 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
  • Senior Patrick Murphy (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's), 2 ground balls
  • Senior Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 9 saves in 25:44
  • First-year Spencer Scardino (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 4 saves in 12:42 of relief
  • Junior Brady Neeb (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), 3 saves in 17:29 of relief
  • Sophomore Joe McGrath (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), 4:05 of relief (college debut)

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Griffin Shoemaker, 5 goals, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Jack Andrews, 3 goals, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Jack Robinson, 3 goals, 1 assist
  • Junior Matt Rawding, 2 goals, 2 assists
  • First-year Nick Larsen, 1 goal, 3 assists
  • Senior Ryan Melley, 3 goals, 6 ground balls, 9-for-12 faceoffs
  • Sophomore Craig Yannone, 11 ground balls, 16-for-22 faceoffs
  • Senior CJ Hart, 6 saves in 30:00

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Anselm is ranked 17th in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll while occupying the top spot in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) rankings, taking all six of the first-place votes.
  • The contest was the third straight for the Purple Knights against squads at least regionally ranked, having defeated Southern New Hampshire University and Franklin Pierce University, then ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, by the NEILA, during that time.
  • The contest was a match-up between two of the final 12 unbeaten teams in Division II, including the last two NE10 squads with perfect 3-0 league marks.
  • The Purple Knights were 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 Anselm entered the game ninth in Division II in scoring average, while the Purple Knights had also stood ninth nationally in scoring defense, with both leading the NE10 in those categories.
  • Richmond pushed his career ground ball total to 202, joining Kevin Simmons '08 (213) as the only Purple Knights with 200 for a career.
  • Woods recorded his fourth straight multi-point to begin his career, scoring twice for the third time.

THE ACTION

  • Saint Anselm scored the game's first 15 goals by halftime, with Shoemaker scoring five of those. Larsen added a goal and three assists.
  • The Purple Knights began the third quarter with a 3-2 surge, as Woods scored twice, including weaving through defenders to tally the opening score at 14:39 of the period.
  • Chirgwin forced a turnover in the Saint Michael's defensive end soon thereafter and carried downfield into the attack zone before bouncing a shot home at 13:57.
  • Woods scored again at 10:20, picking a loose ball out of the air just outside the crease after sophomore Max Katavolos (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) had carried around the net and lost the handle.
  • The Hawks scored the final 12 goals.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Wednesday vs. Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m.
  • The Ravens received votes toward this week's NEILA poll.