MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team possessed with a chance to tie in the final minute before falling to nationally-regarded Saint Anselm College, 10-9, on Tuesday evening at Grappone Stadium. The Purple Knights, who are receiving votes toward the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, are 3-8 overall and 1-7 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Hawks, who are receiving votes toward the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll while standing third in the NEILA rankings, moved to 6-3 and 4-3 on the season.
Junior Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) doubled his season goal total by recording a hat trick on just three shots for Saint Michael's, his first collegiate three-goal contest, and senior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) and sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) both scored twice, with Loughlin adding an assist. Sophomore Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) had 11 saves and four ground balls. Junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and sophomore Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) scored once each, with Wallace adding three ground balls, and senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) had three assists to up his career point total to 97.
Sophomore long-stick midfielder Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) nabbed four ground balls, and senior defender Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) caused a pair of turnovers. With 51 caused turnovers for his career, Devilly took over fourth in program history, passing Evan White '13 (50). First-year Conor DiNatale (Needham, Mass./Needham) was 5-for-11 on faceoffs, sophomore Dan Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) went 4-of-9, and classmate Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) split a pair at the X.
Junior James Olsen paced Saint Anselm with three goals and two assists, and senior Ben Warren tacked on a hat trick and a helper. Classmate Alex Pacitti scored twice. Junior Chris McCormack was 12-for-21 on faceoffs with six ground balls, and sophomore Lucas DeAngelo made 14 saves.
Neither team led by more than one goal during the first period and a half, with Loughlin putting the visitors ahead just 23 seconds into the game thanks to first-year long-stick midfielder Matt Cotter's (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) assist. Olsen responded at 11:29 of the first quarter, and the teams combined for three goals in 2:16 later in the stanza, with Yetter feeding Goodman to put Saint Michael's up by one at 6:34 before junior Mark Vitello and Pacitti scored 1:10 apart.
After the teams combined for just five goals in the opening 22:22 of the game, eight tallies were accounted for in the final 7:38 of the half. Olsen and first-year Patrick Sweeney scored 2:02 apart to put the Hawks up 5-2, but Wallace found the net at 4:33 and Loughlin scored 15 seconds later. Pacitti and Warren netted markers 41 ticks apart to make it 7-4, and after Ryan brought the visitors within two goals at 59 seconds, Warren tallied three seconds before the buzzer. Saint Anselm led 8-5 at halftime.
Behind advantages of 10-3 in shots and 9-5 in ground balls, Saint Michael's controlled the third period, rolling up a 3-0 scoring edge to send the teams into the fourth period tied. Connor, who entered the stanza with three goals on the season, scored twice during his team's run of three goals in 4:24, with Yetter feeding him at 8:49 before Goodman scored at 7:15. Connor found the equalizer with 4:25 remaining on a Loughlin cross-field dish.
The Purple Knights started the fourth quarter with a man-up opportunity, but the only shot during that chance, by junior Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe), was denied by DeAngelo. With a little less than 12 minutes to go, a Saint Michael's turnover led to a successful clear for the Hawks, and Warren converted Olsen's pass for the go-ahead marker at 10:58. McCormack won the ensuing faceoff, and Olsen made it a 10-8 game with 9:39 left.
Saint Michael's earned another extra-man chance with 2:33 left, firing off two shots, but Yetter's bid on net was turned away by DeAngelo. However, Devilly caused a turnover with 1:19 to go, and Hanley controlled the ground ball to start a successful clear try, which Connor immediately capped by scoring with 1:00 left. Yetter assisted, and a Hawk penalty was called on the goal. In a 10-9 game, Cotter grabbed the ground ball on the faceoff that followed, but a quick turnover by the Purple and Gold gave the ball back to Saint Anselm, which called a timeout then ran out the clock.
The Purple Knights host Le Moyne College on Saturday at 2 p.m. for Senior Day during their final regular-season home game. The Dolphins, the defending Division II national runners-up, are second in the USILA national poll.