COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team fell to No. 18 Saint Anselm College, 10-7, on Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Field during a Northeast-10 Conference affair. The Purple Knights are 1-6 overall and winless through six league contests, while the Hawks are 5-4 and 4-3. Saint Anselm's national ranking is according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).
Sophomore Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) registered his first career hat trick for the Purple and Gold, scoring on all three of his shots, while first-year Anthony Sullivan (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) had two goals, an assist and two ground balls. Senior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) tallied twice. Junior Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) made 14 saves while scooping three ground balls, as Saint Michael's continued a seven-game run during which each of its opponents is either nationally ranked or receiving votes.
Junior Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) totaled two assists, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. He moved into 18th in school history with 104 points while becoming just the fourth Purple Knight ever with 60 assists, and the third to reach the mark as a junior. With 61 helpers, he matched Jonathan Curley '02 for the most by a Saint Michael's player prior to his senior season.Sophomore Matthew Logue (Watertown, Conn./The Gunnery) picked up five ground balls, while classmate Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) notched three. Juniors Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) each had two ground balls, with Johnson causing three turnovers and Karanasios two. First-year Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) also caused three turnovers. First-year Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) went 10-for-20 on faceoffs.
The Purple Knight defense forced 19 turnovers, tying for Saint Anselm's most in four games. That's the same figure today's visitors committed against No. 3 Adelphi University on April 5, and more than the Hawks yielded versus No. 2 Le Moyne College or No. 9 Pace University on April 8 and 1, respectively. Saint Michael's also forced four failed clears after Saint Anselm was a combined 34-for-37 against Adelphi and Le Moyne.
Senior Dylan Ryan recorded two goals and two assists for Saint Anselm, while junior Ryan Hesseltine and sophomore Patrick Sweeney both notched two goals and an assist. Junior Lucas DeAngelo made 14 stops.
The teams traded goals three times in the first quarter, with Saint Michael's taking less than a minute to counter Hawk tallies on two occasions. Hesseltine's man-up marker at 1:20 made it 3-2 in favor of the visitors, but Wallace's back-handed shot 26 seconds later produced the third tie. Ryan put his team up for good with nine seconds to go, and he fed senior James Olsen to create a 5-3 margin at 8:40 of the second period.
Saint Michael's twice drew within a single goal. McGuirk found the back of the net at 3:00 before Sweeney put the Hawks back up by two with 27 seconds remaining before halftime, and Wallace's second goal made it 6-5 at 9:03 of the third before Sweeney countered during an extra-man chance 4:02 later, kicking off a 3-0 run. The Purple Knights twice made it a three-goal game in the closing 9:08 of the contest but chipped no further.
The Purple Knights visit No. 2 Le Moyne College on Friday at 12 p.m. The Dolphins advanced to the past two NCAA Tournament championship games, winning the 2016 crown.