COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team slipped by a 17-7 count to nationally-regarded and regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are 2-7 overall and winless in six league games, while the Penmen are 4-4 and 3-3. Saint Michael's is receiving votes toward the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while Southern New Hampshire is second in the region and receiving votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.
Saint Michael's senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) registered one goal, three assists and three ground balls, while junior Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) scored twice and caused one turnover. Senior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier), sophomores Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and first-year Cameron Jung (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) each tallied one goal, with Goodman and Jung both grabbing three ground balls. Sophomore Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) assisted once and classmate Dan Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) was 8-of-14 on faceoffs.
Defensively, sophomore Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) totaled four ground balls and three caused turnovers, with first-year Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) causing three turnovers. Senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) stopped eight shots in net.
Southern New Hampshire senior Cameron Joyce and junior Daniel Trainor both logged four goals and two assists, with Joyce adding three ground balls. Junior Keifer Heckman tacked on four goals and an assist. Classmate Cameron McGuire scored twice, while senior Eric Johnson and junior Zach Jacobs both chipped in two assists. Junior Scott Lavey collected six ground balls and sophomore Mark Beirne had five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior Ryan Pacheco went 8-for-13 on draws and junior Tyler Walsh had 13 saves and seven ground balls in net.
The Penmen received seven goals from five scorers during the opening quarter. Trainor, Joyce and sophomore Dan Malave each scored within the first 4:13 before Jung picked up a ground ball and snapped a shot into the net with 8:08 remaining. The visitors then clicked off four consecutive goals to round out the stanza with a 7-1 lead. Saint Michael's accounted for three of the first five second-quarter goals, thanks to markers by Yetter, Colyer and Frank, to bring the score to a 9-4 affair. Southern New Hampshire closed out the half with three tallies, including two from Joyce, to own a 12-4 halftime advantage.
The squads traded goals in the third quarter, with Murphy netting a man-up goal from Yetter followed later by Goodman's unassisted tally. Heckman and sophomore Khyan Gaddy netted the other third-quarter goals. The Penmen rounded out the game with a trio of scores in the final quarter, including two in the last 1:31. Colyer's goal with 6:33 remaining served as the hosts' last score.
Saint Michael's is on the road for four of its final five regular-season games, beginning with a trip to Assumption College for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday.