Men's Lacrosse Closes Out Season With Loss to No. 5 Merrimack

Men's Lacrosse Closes Out Season With Loss to No. 5 Merrimack

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team fell to No. 5 Merrimack College, 12-3, in its season finale during Tuesday afternoon's Northeast-10 Conference contest at Duffy Field. The Warriors are the fifth-ranked team in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll and the top team in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll. The Warriors are the defending national champions and have qualified for the last four NCAA Tournaments. 

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (4-11, 1-10 NE10), Merrimack (12-2, 10-1 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior David Malota (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley), 1 goal, 1 caused turnover
  • Junior Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Jon Lockwood (Norwell, Mass./Norwell), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Patrick Murphy (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's), 2 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers
  • Senior Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional), 4 ground balls
  • Junior Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial), 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
  • Sophomore Joseph Gerardi (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
  • Sophomore Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 12 saves, 3 ground balls 

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Michael O'Connell, 4 goals, 2 assists, 2 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Christian Thomas, 4 goals, 1 assist, 5 ground balls
  • Sophomore Sean Black, 4 assists
  • Junior Dom Thomas, 2 goals, 2 assists
  • First-year Max Morrill, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 ground balls
  • Sophomore Davis Cronin, 4 ground balls, 13-for-18 on faceoffs
  • Junior Nick Ponte, 7 saves, 5 ground balls in 55:53
  • Sophomore Peter Brown, 1 save in 4:07

GAME FACTS

  • The Warriors are the fifth-ranked team in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll and the top team in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll. The Warriors are the defending national champions and have qualified for the last four NCAA Tournaments.
  • Regular-season finale for both teams.
  • The Purple Knights faced their eighth opponent that was either national ranked or receiving votes, and concluded a season-ending three-game stretch against such squads.
  • Merrimack held a 40-30 advantage in shots, while both teams totaled 18 turnovers. The Purple Knights held an 11-9 lead in caused turnovers.
  • The Purple Knights held the Warriors, who came into the game with the third-best scoring offense in Division II (17.0), to five goals under their average.
  • Graduate student Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) ended his prestigious career as a Purple Knight with the second-most career points in program history (162), just 11 behind the benchmark set by Mike Riddell '88 (173). He finishes as the all-time leader in career assists (86), while sitting 14th in career goals (76).
  • Cotter rounded out his career with 163 ground balls, as he passed Tom Campbell '06 (162) for fifth in program history during today's contest. He also passed Evan White '13 and Kevin Simmons '08 for 10th in single-season ground balls as he upped his total to 59. Cotter finished with the ninth-most career caused turnovers in program history (42).
  • Moriarty pushed his season caused turnover total to 45, breaking Peter Hanson's '12 seven-year-old program record (44). Moriarty entered the game leading Division II in total caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game and finishes the season tied for sixth in NCAA history in single-season caused turnovers.
  • Morris closes out his senior season with 23 caused turnovers on the year, which sits eighth at the College.
  • Richmond upped his season ground ball total to 77, taking sole possession of third in program history. He also finishes the season in ninth at Saint Michael's in single-season faceoff winning percentage (.535), while extending his program mark in single-season faceoff wins to 143.
  • Grillone finished the season with 35 goals, tying Matt Pagen '93 and Pete Donnally '13 for ninth in program history.
  • Joy extended his season save total to 169, passing Chris DeMairo '13 (168) for 10th in Purple Knight annals. 

THE ACTION

  • The Purple Knights tallied the game's first goal as Malota fired home a marker at 6:33 in the first before Christian Thomas netted a natural hat trick to put Merrimack up 3-1 at 11:52 in the second quarter. O'Connell and Black assisted on Thomas' second and third goals, respectively.
  • Lockwood notched a goal at 5:02 for Saint Michael's before Dom Thomas scored at 2:26 for the final goal of the first half. Grillone then cut the deficit to 4-3 as he rifled home a score at 11:23 of the third.
  • The Warriors scored the game's final eight goals as O'Connell netted four times, including twice on man-up opportunities, and assisted on a goal by junior Tyler Liantonio. Dom Thomas added a goal and two assists during the stretch, while Sean Black posted three helpers. Christian Thomas and Morrill each potted a goal and an assist.