ALBANY, N.Y. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse senior Mark Yetter's (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) double-overtime winner clinched a 9-8 victory over The College of Saint Rose on Saturday at Sullivan Field to cap the second-longest game in program history. The Purple Knights finished the season 5-9 overall and 3-8 in Northeast-10 Conference play, while the Golden Knights slipped to 3-13 and 1-10.
Saint Michael's, which has now participated in five contests of at least two overtime periods in its 34-year history, played 66:16 on Saturday, just short of the 68:11 it played at Bryant University on April 29, 2000, during the program's lone triple-OT game. The Purple and Gold had last played a double-OT game in 2011, with its lone victory in multiple extra sessions coming against Saint Andrews (N.C.) University in 2008.
Yetter netted a hat trick in his final college game, adding three ground balls, and junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) recorded his first college hat trick. Sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) had a goal, an assist and three ground balls, while classmates Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) also scored. Ryan had four ground balls and Murphy three. Senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) picked up the win with two saves, two ground balls and two goals allowed over the final 36:16.
Sophomore Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) made five first-half stops, and classmate Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) totaled six ground balls and two caused turnovers. Sophomores Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) both recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while junior Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) turned in three ground balls.
Sophomore Matt Graham had three goals and one assist for Saint Rose, and senior Mike Balla and sophomore Connor Moore both added a goal and an assist. First-year Liam Guiton made 16 stops.
Saint Michael's led 3-0 by the time 4:44 had elapsed, with Ryan, Wallace and Yetter scoring in a 3:29 span, but the Golden Knights responded with five of the next six goals to lead 5-4 by 13:23 of the second quarter. Graham had two goals and an assist in that stretch. Wallace and Moore traded goals in a 1:14 span later in the period before Murphy sent the teams into halftime tied at six after tallying with 2:34 left.
After 12 goals were scored in the first 27:26 of the contest, just one was accounted for in the ensuing 25:28, with Wallace finding the net midway through the third period. With 7:06 left in regulation, Connor fed Yetter to make it 8-6, but junior Tyler Mello tallied with 2:06 to go and Graham knotted the score 44 seconds later. After Saint Rose won the ensuing draw and possessed for 1:06, the hosts turned the ball over, with Gallagher scooping the ground ball, and a last-second shot by the Purple Knights just before the horn was off target.
During the first four-minute overtime session, first-year Conor DiNatale (Needham, Mass./Needham) won the opening faceoff for the Purple Knights, who continued possessing until earning a man-up chance with 2:24 to go. A turnover gave the Golden Knights the chance for the win, but Bicknell recovered another loose ball to give the visitors a chance with 1:32 left. However, Guiton stopped their only shot, which came in the final 10 seconds.
In the second overtime, Saint Rose won the draw and fired off seven shots, with one hitting the crossbar at 2:19, but none were on target, and Karanasios controlled a ground ball following a blocked shot and began a successful clear attempt, and Yetter scored with 1:44 remaining.
Yetter ended his two-year Saint Michael's career with 91 points in 27 games and finished a three-year college career with 108 points in 43 contests. He is tied for 23rd at the College in career points and tied for 25th in goals (50). Heading into his junior year, Loughlin has 84 points through 28 games, already standing 10th in school annals with 51 career assists. Senior Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) will graduate fourth in caused turnovers (53), while Bicknell is seventh in saves (386) and tied for seventh in wins (11).
Yetter finished the year with 49 points, tying for ninth in program history, while Loughlin had 48. Loughlin's 23 assists are good for seventh all time, and Yetter tied for eighth with 22. Devilly placed seventh in caused turnovers by recording 22 this season.