Men's Lacrosse Downs Nationally-Regarded Franklin Pierce

Men's Lacrosse Downs Nationally-Regarded Franklin Pierce

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team downed nationally-regarded Franklin Pierce University, 10-4, on Tuesday at Duffy Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Ravens received votes toward this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (2-10, 1-6 NE10), Franklin Pierce (6-3, 3-3 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • First-year Sebastian Simonson (Spruce Grove, Alberta/Spruce Grove Composite), 3 goals, 5 ground balls
  • Junior Max Katavolos (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), 3 goals
  • Sophomore Dylan Morgan (Ashland, Mass./Ashland), 1 goal, 1 assist
  • First-year Zach Watson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/Pomfret School), 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Robbie Sinibaldi (New Port Richey, Fla./J.W. Mitchell), 2 assists, 3 ground balls
  • First-year Ethan Hughes (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), 1 goal
  • First-year Cristian Reyes (Norwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Spencer Scardino (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 14 saves
  • First-year Cooper Wilson (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 6 ground balls, 10-for-18 faceoffs
  • Sophomore Rocky Grillone (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), 3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Maxwell Eliason (Salt Lake City, Utah/East), 4 ground balls
  • Senior Kyle Hirshom (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), 3 ground balls
  • Junior Brian Sardella (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial), 3 ground balls

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Conor Rooney, 2 goals
  • Graduate student Josh Dorr, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Senior Robert Colburn, 3 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers
  • First-year Mike Masterpolo, 17 saves, 4 ground balls

GAME FACTS

  • The Purple Knights allowed a season low in goals and shots (36), yielding their fewest goals at home since March 26, 2014. Saint Michael's also collected a season-high 41 ground balls.
  • The Purple and Gold totaled 11 caused turnovers on 21 Franklin Pierce turnovers while holding sizeable leads in shots (49-36), ground balls (41-25) and clear success (26-for-29 to 19-for-27).
  • The teams have now split their past four meetings, with Saint Michael's earning its largest series win since a 14-8 victory on April 11, 2012.
  • Scardino pushed his season save total to 191, one short of Jim Crozier '02 (192 in 2001) for third in school annals.
  • Sardella posted his 40th career caused turnover, tying Ryan Clunan '11 for 10th in program history.

THE ACTION

  • Katavolos and Watson scored a minute apart to give Saint Michael's a 2-0 lead by 13:05 of the first quarter. Simonson sandwiched a pair of markers around another Katavolos goal, and the hosts were up 5-0 at 9:00 of the second period. Sinibaldi assisted both Simonson strikes.
  • Dorr scored at 7:20 to get the Ravens on the board, but Morgan converted Watson's feed with 5:44 left, and Katavolos pushed the lead to 7-1 with 59 ticks remaining.
  • The one-goal opening half was the Purple Knights' best defensive half since allowing one tally during the first 30 minutes at American International College last March 20.
  • Rooney scored again 1:01 into the second half, but Hughes potted a man-up tally at 7:09 thanks to Morgan's pass, and Simonson made it 9-2 with nine seconds to go. Sophomore Nathan Woods (Ottawa, Ontario/Kent School) assisted.
  • Franklin Pierce scored twice in the fourth quarter, around Reyes' snipe at 5:58.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at No. 17 Saint Anselm College, 12 p.m.
  • The Hawks' national ranking is according to the USILA.
  • Saint Anselm was the 2021 NE10 Championship runner-up and an NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist.