Richmond Breaks Career Ground Balls Record at Nationally-Regarded Bentley

Richmond Breaks Career Ground Balls Record at Nationally-Regarded Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. - Senior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) broke the Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse program record for career ground balls in a 15-6 loss to nationally-regarded Bentley University on Saturday in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Bentley Turf Field. The Purple Knights tied for third in this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while the Falcons were second in the NEILA rankings and received votes toward the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-3, 3-3 NE10), Bentley (3-2, 3-2 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore), 11-for-23 faceoffs, 8 ground balls
  • Senior Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 20 saves
  • Sophomore Max Katavolos (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), 3 goals
  • First-year Nathan Woods (Ottawa, Ontario/Kent School), 2 goals, 1 assist
  • First-year Peter Canning (Plainville, Mass./Xaverian Brothers), 1 goal, 2 assists

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Ryan Birch, 3 goals, 1 assist
  • Graduate student Joey Tesoriero, 3 goals
  • Junior Ben Baldasaro, 3 goals
  • First-year Cam Bartolomeo, 9-for-15, 6 ground balls
  • Junior Keaton Roarick, 15 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Richmond pushed his career ground ball total to 219, breaking Kevin Simmons' '08 program record of 213.
  • The contest was the fifth straight for the Purple Knights against squads at least receiving regional votes, having defeated Franklin Pierce University and Southern New Hampshire University, then ranked fifth and fourth, respectively, by the NEILA, during that time.
  • Joy passed Zach Jandl '10 (288) for eighth place in program history in career saves (302).
  • Katavolos notched his fourth career hat trick, and third this season.

THE ACTION

  • Bentley scored the first five goals, including three in a 4:02 span of the first quarter.
  • Katavolos scored off of Woods' feed at 9:35 of the second quarter before Tesoriero countered 38 seconds later, but Katavolos scored a man-up marker thanks to a Canning helper at 8:18, capping a stretch of three goals in 1:17. The Purple and Gold trailed 6-2.
  • Woods scored twice toward the end of a modest 4-3 Purple Knight scoring advantage between Katavolos' first goal and 11:16 of the third period, and the visitors were down 8-4.
  • Bentley tallied three straight goals in a 3:38 stretch, but Katavolos and Canning both found the back of the net before the end of the third period, and Saint Michael's was down 11-6.
  • The Falcons scored all four goals of the final stanza, with two coming on man-up chances.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Wednesday vs. No. 14 Saint Anselm College, 3:30 p.m.
  • The Hawks' national ranking is according to the USILA, while they also hold down the top spot in the NEILA poll.