COLCHESTER, Vt. - In a match-up of regionally-ranked men's lacrosse teams, Saint Michael's College's fourth-quarter comeback fell short in an 8-7 loss to Bentley University on Saturday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights, who were at home for the first time in two weeks, are 2-6 overall and 0-5 in the Northeast-10 Conference as the fifth-place team in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll. The Falcons, who are third in the NEILA rankings, improved to 4-2 and 3-1.
Senior Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) and sophomore Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) both had a goal and an assist for Saint Michael's, which suffered its second one-goal NE-10 loss. Senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware), junior Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe), sophomores Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), and first-year Cameron Jung (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) all scored once. Yetter and senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) tacked on four ground balls apiece, with Bicknell also making 10 saves.
On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) had three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while senior Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) and junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) both had two caused turnovers. First-year Conor DiNatale (Needham, Mass./Needham) scooped up four ground balls during faceoff plays. Devilly increased his career caused turnovers total to 41, passing Ryan Clunan '11 (40) to take over fifth in school history.
Junior John Wheeler scored five times for Bentley, and classmate Max Adler was 14-of-18 on faceoffs with nine ground balls. Three Falcons scored once apiece, and senior Daniel Shaughnessy had 12 saves.
Bentley scored the first four goals of the game, including tallying 1:38 into the contest and with 15 seconds left in the opening stanza to carry a 2-0 lead into the second quarter. Another quick strike, this 1:16 into the second, pushed the advantage to three before Wheeler netted his second tally of the game 52 seconds later. Murphy put his team on the board at 10:39, but the Falcons added one marker 52 seconds before halftime and then another Wheeler tally 1:32 into the third period to pull ahead by a 6-1 margin.
McGill fed Colyer for a man-up tally at 10:24 before Ryan netted an unassisted marker with 4:09 to go, but Wheeler countered with two goals in nine seconds over the ensuing 1:02 to reestablish a four-goal cushion. On the strength of a 10-5 advantage in shots, Saint Michael's did all of the scoring in the fourth quarter. McGill posted a man-up marker at 10:19 before Jung and Yetter both scored in the final three minutes, with Yetter's tally off a Patch pass making it 8-7 with 1:33 left. Adler won the ensuing faceoff, but Wallace forced a turnover, leading to the hosts possessing behind the Bentley cage while looking to tie. However, the Falcons caused a turnover in the final 30 seconds and, around calling a timeout, salted away the clock.
Saint Michael's hosts Southern New Hampshire University, which is receiving votes toward the NEILA poll, on Wednesday at 3 p.m.