GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team concluded its current three-game road slate with a 16-9 loss at nationally-ranked Adelphi University in Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday at Motamed Field. The Purple Knights slip to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the league, while the Panthers, ranked fifth in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll, move to 7-1 and 5-0. Adelphi won the last two NE-10 Championship titles and qualified for the last three NCAA Tournaments.
Saint Michael's, which was amid a four-game stretch over eight days, received five points on three goals and two assists from sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), who now has 21 total points over the past three games. Senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) turned in three goals, one assist and two ground balls, while junior Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) had two goals, and classmate Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) scored once and collected three ground balls. Sophomore Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) totaled three ground balls, and senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) matched a season high with 14 saves, while adding a ground ball and a caused turnover.
Adelphi received goals from nine players. Senior Salvatore Tuttle registered five goals, one assist and two ground balls, while classmate Cory Stavis notched three goals and one assist. Senior Anthony Gomes and first-year Gordon Purdie Jr. both had one goal and two assists, and senior Tom Nuckel scored twice. Senior John English went 19-for-23 on faceoffs and collected 13 ground balls and senior Luke Spitzer posted four caused turnovers. Senior John McGrath made four saves in 42:57 for the win, while first-year Brendan McDougal made five stops in 17:03 of relief action.
Adelphi potted two goals in the opening 4:17 before Wallace scored with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter to trim the visitors' margin in half. Tuttle added a goal with 2:25 left to give the Panthers a 3-1 edge in the stanza. Adelphi then clicked off three consecutive tallies during a 2:11 stretch to start the second quarter. Colyer tallied with 11:05 remaining, and Adelphi strung together another three-goal spurt in a 3:08 span to take a 9-2 lead. Yetter and Colyer later scored 45 seconds apart as the Purple Knights took a 9-4 deficit into halftime.
The Panthers narrowly led, 7-5, in second-half goals. The hosts scored four of the five third-quarter goals, with Loughlin accounting for the Purple and Gold's only tally. Saint Michael's then netted four goals to Adelphi's two in the final quarter, thanks to a pair of goals by both Colyer and Yetter. Adelphi junior Mark Niechcial scored a man-up goal with 17 seconds remaining for the game's final goal.
Saint Michael's returns home to face nationally-regarded Bentley University next Saturday at 12 p.m. The Falcons are receiving votes toward this week's USILA national poll.