Regionally-Ranked Men's Lacrosse Loses 11-5 Decision to Franklin Pierce

Regionally-Ranked Men's Lacrosse Loses 11-5 Decision to Franklin Pierce

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The regionally-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team suffered its first home loss in three contests this spring on Wednesday, falling against regionally-regarded Franklin Pierce University, 11-5, at Duffy Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights were tied for third in this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while the Ravens received votes toward the rankings.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-2, 3-2 NE10), Franklin Pierce (1-4, 1-4 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • First-year Kevin Riggs (Plainville, Mass./King Philip Regional), 2 goals, 2 ground balls
  • Junior Kyle Hirshom (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), 2 goals
  • First-year Dylan Morgan (Ashland, Mass./Ashland), 1 goal, 3 ground balls
  • Sophomore Alex Chirgwin (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), 1 assist, 4 ground balls
  • First-year Peter Canning (Plainville, Mass./Xaverian Brothers), 1 assist, 3 ground balls
  • Senior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore), 15-for-20 faceoffs, 9 ground balls
  • Senior Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 6 saves
  • Sophomore Max Katavolos (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), 5 ground balls
  • Sophomore Brian Sardella (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial), 3 caused turnovers, 2 ground balls
  • First-year Michael Cammarata Jr. (North Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep), 3 ground balls
  • First-year Rocky Grillone (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
  • First-year Maxwell Eliason (Salt Lake City, Utah/East), 2 caused turnovers

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Sean Daly, 4 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls
  • Sophomore Caleb Ikkela, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls
  • Senior Mike Alibrandi, 2 goals, 1 assist
  • Junior Robert Colburn, 8 caused turnovers, 6 ground balls
  • First-year James Heitmiller, 13 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's held clear advantages in shots (37-29), ground balls (39-29) and faceoff wins (15-5).
  • The contest was the fourth straight for the Purple Knights against squads at least receiving regional votes, having defeated Franklin Pierce and Southern New Hampshire University, then ranked fifth and fourth, respectively, by the NEILA, during that time. Saint Michael's faces the Ravens once more this spring, on April 24 in Rindge, N.H.
  • Richmond pushed his career ground ball total to 211, just short of Kevin Simmons' '08 program record of 213.
  • Joy moved into the program's top 10 in career saves, with 282, sliding all the way into ninth while passing Rich Kelley '89 (279) and Brian Hingston '05 (280). He is six stops short of Zach Jandl '10 for eighth.
  • Franklin Pierce had suffered three of its four losses this year by one goal.

THE ACTION

  • Daly struck for the opening goal at 13:08 of the first quarter before the Purple Knights responded with a 4-0 run. Hirshom scored twice in 2:11 to make it 2-1 by 10:04, and Riggs converted back-to-back tallies of his own, with Chirgwin assisting the second to help Saint Michael's lead by three at 12:54 of the second period.
  • Dorr scored just 1:19 after that before Ikkela and Alibrandi potted markers 3:05 apart late in the stanza to make it 4-4 by halftime.
  • Franklin Pierce put together a 6-0 scoring advantage in the third period, all within an 8:45 stretch, with sophomore Owen McCormack's man-up goal at 5:44 pushing the lead to 10-4.
  • Morgan converted Canning's feed at 7:52 of the fourth quarter to bring the hosts within five and snap the Ravens' scoring run at 9-0, but Daly netted the final goal just 1:12 later.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Bentley University, 1 p.m.
  • The Falcons received votes toward this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll while standing second in the NEILA rankings.