Men's Lacrosse Upsets 19th-Ranked Lake Erie, 12-11

Men's Lacrosse Upsets 19th-Ranked Lake Erie, 12-11

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team used an eight-goal second quarter to take the lead for good and surge past 19th-ranked Lake Erie (Ohio) College on Wednesday at Duffy Field.

The Purple Knights were tied for fifth in this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while the Storm was 19th in the latest USA Lacrosse Magazine national rankings and tied for 19th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-3), Lake Erie (2-3)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Junior Max Katavolos (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), 3 goals, 2 assists, 4 ground balls
  • Senior Kyle Hirshom (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), 1 goal, 3 assists
  • Junior Drew Collins (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 2 goals
  • First-year Ethan Hughes (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), 2 goals
  • First-year Sebastian Simonson (Spruce Grove, Alberta/Spruce Grove Composite), 2 goals
  • Junior Alex Chirgwin (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), 2 assists
  • Senior Joseph Gerardi (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), 1 goal, 2 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Kevin Riggs (Plainville, Mass./King Philip Regional), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Spencer Scardino (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 15 saves
  • Sophomore Rocky Grillone (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), 7 ground balls
  • First-year Cooper Wilson (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 7 faceoff wins
  • Sophomore Robbie Sinibaldi (New Port Richey, Fla./J.W. Mitchell), 3 ground balls
  • Sophomore Nathan Woods (Ottawa, Ontario/Kent School), 2 caused turnovers

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Nick Askin, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 2 assists
  • Junior Dawson Kindall, 2 goals
  • Junior Mike Flury, 1 goal, 18-for-26 faceoffs, 12 ground balls
  • Senior Lincoln Potter, 15 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's defeated a nationally-ranked foe for the first time since knocking off No. 10 Mercy College, 12-9, at home on April 21, 2015.
  • The Purple Knights' eight-goal second period was their highest-scoring quarter since potting nine in the third stanza versus Dominican (N.Y.) College on March 3, 2019.
  • The teams met for the first time.
  • Lake Erie has played a challenging schedule, already facing three nationally-ranked foes during its first four games. The Storm was the Purple and Gold's second consecutive nationally-ranked opponent.
  • Katavolos pushed past the 50-point plateau for his career, as he now has 54 in 18 games.
  • Hughes scored his first two career goals.
  • Scardino registered his initial college victory, making nine saves in the fourth quarter alone.
  • Grillone notched a career high in ground balls during his debut outing this spring.
  • The Purple Knights finished 4-for-7 on man-up opportunities while committing 16 turnovers to Lake Erie's 19, and held a 45-44 lead in shots. The visitors held a slim 34-29 edge in ground balls.

THE ACTION

  • Lake Erie led 3-0 by the time Flury won a faceoff and scored at 12:56 of the opening quarter, just six seconds after Askin had tallied.
  • Collins (10:13) and Katavolos (9:26) scored within 47 seconds of another to cut the deficit to one, but Kindall tallied twice by the end of the quarter to make it 5-2.
  • Simonson scored twice in a 36-second span early in the second period, with the initial goal coming with a man up, but senior Blain Wallace pushed the lead back to 6-4 with 11:27 remaining.
  • Saint Michael's finished the frame on a 6-1 run to carry a 10-7 lead into halftime, with Katavolos (10:53) and Collins (10:17) scoring 36 seconds apart to draw the teams even.
  • With the teams again tied at 7-7, Hughes sandwiched goals around a Gerardi strike during a 3-0 run that took 1:31 to elapse. Hughes' initial career goal, at 6:00, gave the Purple Knights the lead for good and was his team's third extra-man goal in as many attempts to that point.
  • Askin scored at 10:20 of the third period before Lake Erie crept within 10-9 at 5:20, but Riggs countered at 3:00, and Hirshom's man-up goal at 10:26 of the fourth stanza produced a 12-9 lead.
  • The Storm scored the final two goals, with graduate student Tommy Bichsel making it 12-11 with 4:58 left on a man-up marker.
  • Saint Michael's allowed only one tying attempt from there, with Scardino denying Wallace at 1:42, while forcing two turnovers down the stretch. Junior Brian Sardella (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) caused the final one, at the one-minute mark, and Grillone scooped the ground ball before Gerardi secured the final possession with another ground ball, and the hosts salted away the clock.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Chestnut Hill (Pa.) College, 7 p.m.