Men's Lacrosse's Comeback Falls Short in 12-10 Loss to Southern New Hampshire

Men's Lacrosse's Comeback Falls Short in 12-10 Loss to Southern New Hampshire

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team's second-half comeback fell short during a 12-10 loss to Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday in a Senior Day contest at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights received votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while the Penmen, Northeast-10 Conference foes, were ranked third.

Saint Michael's recognized seniors Connor Brennan (Newington, Conn./Newington), Brian Charlton (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional), Joseph Gerardi (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), Kyle Hirshom (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), Baker Hurley (Norwell, Mass./Norwell), Chris Kirby (Swampscott, Mass./Saint Mary's) and manager Annie Good (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) prior to their final college home game.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (2-12, 1-8 NE10), Southern New Hampshire (7-4, 5-4 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Hirshom, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Junior Drew Collins (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 2 goals, 1 assist
  • First-year Sebastian Simonson (Spruce Grove, Alberta/Spruce Grove Composite), 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Kevin Riggs (Plainville, Mass./King Philip Regional), 1 goal, 2 ground balls
  • First-year Ethan Hughes (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Dylan Morgan (Ashland, Mass./Ashland), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Robbie Sinibaldi (New Port Richey, Fla./J.W. Mitchell), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Nathan Woods (Ottawa, Ontario/Kent School), 1 goal
  • First-year Cristian Reyes (Norwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers), 1 goal
  • First-year Cooper Wilson (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 1 assist, 8 faceoff wins, 6 ground balls
  • Sophomore Michael Cammarata Jr. (North Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep), 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Spencer Scardino (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), 10 saves in 30 minutes, loss
  • First-year Sean Regan (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland), 13 saves in 30 minutes of relief

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Tristan Pietz, 5 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls
  • Junior Ryan Auger, 3 goals, 3 assists
  • Senior Chris Valentine, 2 goals, 1 assist, 6 ground balls
  • Senior Jackson Hounchell, 2 goals
  • Junior Gennaro Marra, 10 ground balls, 18-for-26 faceoffs
  • First-year Cam Cote, 9 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Ronan DePaul, 14 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Scardino has 219 saves this season, good for second in program history. Only John Eckroth '99, with 269 in 1998, had more.

THE ACTION

  • The teams exchanged the first four goals in the opening stanza, with Hounchell (7:25) met by Simonson (5:57) before Valentine struck on a man advantage (3:44), but Collins countered 43 seconds later.
  • Pietz scored five of the first six goals in an 8-0 run, with Hounchell's tally pushing the lead to 10-2 at 3:12 of the second period.
  • Scardino made a stop late in the stanza before Cammarata scooped the ground ball, carried from end to end, and fed for Riggs for a goal with 15 seconds left.
  • The Purple Knights again trailed by eight goals on an Auger goal at 3:03 of the third period, giving the Penmen a 12-4 lead.
  • Saint Michael's charged back with the next six goals. Hughes (2:28) and Sinibaldi (0:16) found the back of the net before the end of the frame, and Morgan (11:39) and Woods (11:34) scored five seconds apart in the fourth quarter to make it 12-8. Collins tallied again with 8:24 left, and Hirshom cut the deficit to 12-10 with 7:21 to go.
  • Regan made three saves down the stretch, while his teammates forced four turnovers, but the Purple Knights were held off the board after Hirshom's marker.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Tuesday at American International College, 4 p.m.