Glackin nets late winner, Purple Knights rally past Pace, 10-9

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Senior Connor Glackin (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saint Anthony's) deposited the tie-breaking goal with 3:29 remaining, and the Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team overcame an early four-goal deficit to down Pace University, 10-9, on Saturday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 3-6 overall and 3-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Setters slipped to 2-5 and 1-5.

Senior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) had two goals and three assists for Saint Michael's, which won for the 10th time in its last 11 outings against Pace. Classmate Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) added two goals and a helper, and first-year Ben Overslaugh (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) scored twice. Senior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) posted a goal and an assist while going 3-for-4 on face-offs, first-year Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) tacked on a goal and an assist, and senior Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union) scored. Sophomore T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made 12 stops in 51:09 of relief, yielding only four goals and collecting the victory.

Senior William Scioscia (Somerset, N.J./Immaculata) scored four times for Pace, and classmate Matt Gebhardt (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) recorded a goal and three helpers. Senior Timothy Izzo (Trumbull, Conn./Saint Joseph/Franklin Pierce) made 12 stops.

Scioscia's man-up tally 1:02 into the game put the visitors in front before Sargent took Antolino's feed and knotted the contest at 10:11 of the opening quarter, but that proved to be the first of five goals in a 4:01 stretch, with the final four coming from Pace. After senior Ryan Valdez (Huntington, N.Y./John Glenn) netted the go-ahead marker at 9:15, Scioscia tacked on three straight in a matter of 2:12 to make it 5-1 by 6:09. Overslaugh and Antolino scored 1:06 apart to bring Saint Michael's within 5-3 by the end of the period.

Two goals 45 seconds apart in the opening two minutes of the second quarter helped Pace reestablish its four-goal lead, at 7-3, before the Purple Knights scored five consecutive tallies during a 6:28 span, with the final four coming in just 2:49. After Quenneville cut the margin to 7-4 with 12:51 to go, McDonald tallied at 9:12, Overslaugh scored on a man-up marker at 7:31, and McDonald again connected 15 seconds later to tie the game. Fitzgerald found the net at 6:23 to give his team its first lead, and the 8-7 advantage stood at halftime.

Antolino pushed the lead to 9-7 4:35 into the third quarter, but Gebhardt dished off for one goal late in the third period and scored another 2:59 later to knot the contest with 13:31 remaining in regulation. However, Glackin took a pass from McDonald out front in the closing minutes and put home the eventual winner with just 3:29 left. Bicknell came up with two important saves in the final two minutes, and Quenneville caused a turnover with less than 30 seconds remaining before Fitzgerald secured the ground ball, and the hosts ran out the clock.

The Purple Knights head to Saint Anselm College on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. contest.

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