Men's lacrosse takes early lead on No. 13 Molloy in eventual setback
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team fell to No. 13 Molloy College, 12-6, on Saturday at the Skelos Sports Complex to continue a season-opening four-game run against nationally-regarded teams. The Purple Knights are now 0-2, while the Lions, who are 13th in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and Lacrosse Magazine national polls, moved to 2-1.
Senior Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) matched his career high with three goals for Saint Michael's in addition to controlling three ground balls, and classmate Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) scored once and went 6-of-9 on face-offs with six ground balls. Senior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) and first-year Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) also tallied, with Fitzgerald's the first of his career. Sophomore T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made a career-high 13 saves in his first college start.
Junior Tom Engelhardt (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) totaled five goals and an assist for Molloy, and classmate Joe Leonard (Hicksville, N.Y./Saint John's) tallied three goals and two assists. Sophomore Peter Clark (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) added a hat trick and a helper. Senior John Grebe (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem East) had eight saves.
Fitzgerald and McDonald scored 20 seconds apart midway through the first quarter to make it 2-0 in favor of the visitors with 8:25 remaining, and Clark tallied just 29 seconds later before Antolino reestablished his team's two-goal edge at 6:29. The teams later traded man-up markers, with McDonald finding the net at 1:08 to give Saint Michael's a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
From there, Molloy scored 10 of the final 12 goals. After the Lions netted three straight to begin the second period and post a 5-4 edge, Quenneville knotted the game at 8:04 for the last Purple Knight marker until McDonald finished his hat trick at 12:53 of the fourth, drawing his team within 9-6. The visitors came no closer, and Leonard scoring two of his team's final three tallies.
After playing No. 12 New York Institute of Technology to open the season last Saturday, the Purple Knights head to No. 8 Merrimack College next Saturday at 4 p.m. for their Northeast-10 Conference opener. A match-up at Mercy College, which is currently receiving votes toward the USILA poll, looms on March 18.