March 26, 2014

Men's lacrosse scores five straight to rally for 10-4 victory against Southern N.H.

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team scored five straight goals during the middle two periods to overcome a one-goal deficit and knock off Southern New Hampshire University, 10-4, on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference action on Duffy Field. The Purple Knights won their second straight contest in improving to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the league, while the Penmen are 1-4 and 1-2.

In their team's first home game since March 1, seniors Connor Glackin (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saint Anthony's) and Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and first-year Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) all had two goals and an assist, with McDonald adding three caused turnovers. Senior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) scored twice, scooped four ground balls and went 3-for-7 on face-offs, while classmate Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) and first-year Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) both notched one goal. Senior Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) corralled nine ground balls and was 6-of-10 at the X, while classmate Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) posted a career-high-tying 10 saves to go along with five ground balls and two caused turnovers in his first career win.

Senior Rob Murray (Marblehead, Mass./Gould Academy) and junior Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, Mass./Bridgton Academy) both scored twice for Southern New Hampshire, and sophomore Ryan Pacheco (Manchester, N.H./Central) was 8-for-12 on face-offs with seven ground balls. Senior Morgan Weireter (Oak Park, Calif./Tilton School) had 11 stops.

Buckley opened the scoring 2:52 into the contest before Glackin knotted the game with 1:14 remaining in the first period, only to be countered by Murray 26 seconds later. Down 2-1 heading into the second quarter, Saint Michael's yielded just two tallies in the final three periods while scoring nine times. McDonald found the equalizer 5:40 before halftime, and Quenneville took Fitzgerald's feed for the go-ahead goal 44 seconds later. Galen Antolino scored off a Glackin dish at 3:04, capping a spurt of three goals in 2:36 and sending the hosts into halftime up 4-2.

Glackin and Quenneville both scored during the latter half of the third quarter to extend the Purple Knights' run to 5-0, with Quenneville's man-up tally at 2:40 giving the hosts a 6-2 edge head into the final 15 minutes. After Murray scored at 11:08 of the fourth, McDonald countered 50 seconds later, and Fitzgerald and Buckley traded goals before Fitzgerald and Evan Antolino scored 13 seconds apart in the final 2:12 to put the lead out of reach.

The Purple Knights head to Assumption College on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.

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