PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The 12th-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team topped Pace University, 13-6, to start 5-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference for the first time in program history on Saturday at Pace Field. After the victory, the Purple Knights, who are ranked in the most recent United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (USILA) national poll, improve to 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the league, while the Setters drop to 5-4 and 2-4.
Senior Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) tied a career high with five goals while adding a pair of assists and four ground balls for Saint Michael's. Junior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) tallied career highs of five points, four assists and six ground balls while also netting a goal, and classmate Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) posted his first-career hat trick. Junior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) scored a pair of goals for the second straight game, while senior Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) and junior Connor Glackin (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) each had a marker.
Seniors Christian Cook (South Burlington, Vt./New Hampton School), Neil Kelly (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken), Liam Pushee (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) and junior Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) all notched four ground balls, while Casserly also won six face-offs. Junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 12 saves in 49:07 before classmate Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) made three stops in 10:53.
Senior Matt Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Broome CC) led Pace with two goals and two assists, while junior Matt Gebhardt (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) finished with a pair of goals. Junior Marty Schnellenbach (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood) had a goal, picked up 12 ground balls and went 15-for-22 on draws, and classmate William Scioscia (Somerset, N.J./Immaculata) scored once. First-year Conor Brophy (Pompton Lakes, N.J./DePaul Catholic) made five saves in 39:39 of action, and junior Timothy Izzo (Trumbull, Conn./Saint Joseph/Franklin Pierce) turned away six chances in 20:21.
The Purple Knights scored the game's first seven goals, with Quenneville and Vanzo each notching a pair, with 8:10 left to play in the second quarter. The hosts connected on back-to-back goals at 7:50 and 6:40 before Saint Michael's netted the next four goals during a 13:42 span to increase its advantage to 11-2. Pace ended the visitors' run with 2:47 left in the third before McDonald completed his hat trick with a man-up goal with 1:59 left to play in the period. The Setters had three straight markers during a span of five minutes in the fourth quarter before Vanzo scored the contest's final goal with 1:49 remaining.
The Purple Knights return home on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. tilt against Saint Anselm College.