RINDGE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team capped its regular season with a 9-5 loss at regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Sodexo Field. The Purple Knights received votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while the Ravens were ranked fourth.
- Saint Michael's (3-7, 3-7 NE10), Franklin Pierce (4-6, 4-6 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore), 12-for-18 faceoffs, 8 ground balls
- First-year Nathan Woods (Ottawa, Ontario/Kent School), 2 goals
- Junior Kyle Hirshom (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), 1 goal, 1 assist
- First-year Dylan Morgan (Ashland, Mass./Ashland), 1 goal
- First-year Kevin Riggs (Plainville, Mass./King Philip Regional), 1 goal
- First-year Michael Cammarata Jr. (North Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep), 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
- Senior Patrick Murphy (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's), 3 ground balls
- First-year Spencer Scardino (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 11 saves in 45 minutes (first college start)
- Junior Brady Neeb (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), 3 saves in 15 minutes of relief
- Senior Mike Alibrandi, 2 goals, 1 assist
- Junior Patrick Mulhern, 2 goals, 1 assist
- Senior Josh Dorr, 3 assists
- Sophomore Eric Bua Jr., 7 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers
- First-year James Heitmiller, 12 saves
- The team comparisons were nearly identical on Saturday, with each team failing four clears, the hosts holding narrow edges in shots (43-37) and ground balls (30-28), and Saint Michael's committing only two more turnovers (19) than the Ravens (17). Thanks to Richmond, the Purple Knights won 12 of 18 faceoffs.
- Franklin Pierce took the rubber game of the three-game season series, with the teams splitting two games at Saint Michael's.
- Saint Michael's received votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while the Ravens were ranked fourth.
- The contest was the ninth straight for the Purple Knights against squads at least receiving regional votes. Saint Michael's twice took on nationally-ranked Saint Anselm in that time while also facing Assumption University and Bentley University, which were receiving votes toward the USILA national poll.
- With 118 faceoff wins this year, Richmond passed Gerry Murphy '88, who had 108 in 1988, to take over second in program annals. Richmond's 143 victories from 2019 remain No. 1.
- Richmond has 70 ground balls this year, placing him sixth in program annals.
- Franklin Pierce scored four of the game's first five goals. Alibrandi scored 2:10 into the contest before sophomore Nathaniel Girardin made it 2-0 at 1:16 of the first.
- After the visitors were held off the board in the opening 15 minutes, Woods found the back of the net 31 ticks into the second period.
- However, sophomore Austin Varney and junior Patrick Mulhern tallied later in the stanza, and the hosts led 4-1 at halftime.
- Woods' second strike, at 9:41 of the third, cut the deficit to 4-2, but the next three goals came from Ravens, with Dorr assisting a pair.
- The Purple Knights used a 3-1 surge to edge within 8-5, as Morgan scored at 13:02 of the fourth to kick off the run. Riggs converted Hirshom's man-up feed with 9:13 left before Hirshom scored at 5:15.
- However, sophomore Caleb Ikkela scored an insurance goal with 3:49 remaining.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Wednesday vs. Assumption, 3:30 p.m. for NE10 Championship first-round game