COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team stood tied with nationally-regarded Assumption College late in the third quarter before falling 8-5 on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are 1-5 overall and 0-5 in the league, while the Greyhounds, who are receiving votes toward the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, improved to 5-3 and 4-3 thanks to their fourth consecutive victory.
Saint Michael's continued a seven-game run during which each of its opponents is either nationally ranked or receiving votes. Assumption was just its second foe this season that was not nationally ranked. First-year defender Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) scored his first college goal while adding three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while junior defenseman Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) recorded career highs of seven ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Senior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) scored while collecting four ground balls, and sophomore Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) and first-years Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) and Anthony Sullivan (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) also found the back of the net. Classmate Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) went 9-of-17 on faceoffs with five ground balls. Between the pipes, junior Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) turned aside four shots in 26:38 before classmate Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) came on in relief to total three saves and three ground balls but take the loss.
During the game, Gallagher boosted his career caused turnover figure to 32, tying assistant coach Sean Curtin '15 for 10th in program history. Junior Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) tacked on an assist to tie Jay Rourke '98 for 20th at Saint Michael's with 102 career points.
Sophomore Dan Farrell notched three goals and two assists for the visitors, while first-year Brett Jennings had two goals and two helpers. Sophomore Travis Reid turned in two goals and an assist, and first-year Trevor Kennedy collected one goal and two assists, as the quartet combined for all of Assumption's points. Sophomore Colby Hamwey made 16 saves and added five ground balls.
Nearly half of the game's scoring occurred in the opening quarter. Jennings' strike at 10:56 was the lone offense until the teams combined for six goals in a 9:10 stretch that concluded in the second period. Loughlin fed Grillone, who juked Hamwey on the doorstep and scored at 5:37, and junior Bobby Frank's (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) long outlet pass found Sullivan 1:52 later. However, Jennings potted a man-up goal with 1:01 left, and Farrell scored with 15 seconds remaining in the first before scoring 1:10 into the second.
McGuirk's solo effort at 11:27 of the second quarter brought his team within 4-3, but neither team cracked the scoreboard again until Reid's tally at 12:13 of the third. Moriarty and Wallace scored 2:52 apart later in the period to knot the game at five with 3:32 to go, but Farrell put the Greyhounds up for good at 10 seconds remaining. Saint Michael's held a 13-6 advantage in fourth-quarter shots, but Hamwey made seven saves, and Kennedy and Reid scored 2:55 apart within the first 5:23 to account for the only scoring.
The Purple Knights host No. 17 Saint Anselm College, whose ranking is according to the USILA, on Tuesday at 3 p.m.