SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team put forth its best offensive showing in 12 years on Friday, downing American International College, 22-13, in Northeast-10 Conference play at Abdow Field. The Purple Knights snapped a three-game losing streak in improving to 4-9 overall and 4-6 in the league, while the Yellow Jackets fell to 2-13 and 1-9.
Four players recorded hat tricks for Saint Michael's, which last scored as many as 22 goals on April 18, 2002, during a 26-0 victory. First-year Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) turned in a season-high four goals, senior Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) had three goals and a career-high three assists, while junior Matt Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) collected a career-high-tying three markers and a personal-best three helpers. Senior Connor Glackin's (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saint Anthony's) three goals were a career best. Sophomore T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made 14 saves.
Senior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) had two goals, two assists, seven ground balls, two caused turnovers and a 12-for-26 showing on face-offs, first-year Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) scored twice, and senior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) notched one goal and three assists. First-year Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) posted one goal and two helpers, and classmate Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) contributed one goal, one assist and five ground balls. Senior Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union) notched one goal and one assist, and sophomore Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) tacked on a goal.
Junior Bobby Spano (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) paced AIC with five goals, first-year Justin Bard (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) had two goals and four assists, and sophomore Michael Palmieri (Guilford, Conn./Notre Dame-West Haven) was 20-for-30 on face-offs with 13 ground balls. Junior Perry Booker (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) had 12 stops.
The Yellow Jackets forged a 4-2 lead by 11:45 of the second quarter before the Purple Knights countered with a 6-0 run in a matter of 7:49, as Quenneville scored twice. After trailing 8-4 with 3:07 left in the opening half, AIC scored twice in the final 1:01 and tacked on another to chip within 8-7 at 13:40 of the third quarter. Connor, Glackin and Galen Antolino scored during a 3-1 response to put Saint Michael's in front 11-8 at 7:40.
AIC needed 1:04 to knot the contest, doing so on a man-up tally with 5:13 left. After scoring 11 times in the opening 40:57, Saint Michael's matched that total in the final 19:03, kicking off that stretch with four scores in a 3:18 span late in the third quarter. Dromeshauser put the Purple Knights ahead for good at 4:03 before dishing off to Galen Antolino with 2:09 left. McDonald netted another goal off a Quenneville assist at 1:52, and Evan Antolino found Dromeshauser once more at 45 seconds. Bard made it 15-12 with 24 ticks remaining in the third, but Saint Michael's scored seven of the eight goals in the fourth quarter, including the first five, to pull away.
The Purple Knights complete their season next Saturday for Senior Day versus second-ranked Le Moyne College at 2 p.m.