GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team faced its second straight top-10 foe on Saturday, losing an 11-2 decision to No. 6 Adelphi University at Motamed Field. The Purple Knights are 3-4 overall and 0-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Panthers improved to 6-1 and 5-0. Adelphi, whose ranking is according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), advanced to four of the last five NE10 Championship title games and qualified for four of the past five NCAA Tournaments.
Saint Michael's committed fewer turnovers (13) than the Panthers (14) during the contest while holding the hosts scoreless for one 20:56 stretch, which included just Adelphi's second shutout quarter this year. The Panthers had not been blanked for an entire quarter in NE10 play since last April 11, by nationally-ranked Pace University.
Junior Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) and sophomore Alec Sharlow (Watertown, N.Y./South Jefferson) scored for the Purple and Gold, and first-year Joseph Gerardi (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) scooped four ground balls. Senior midfielder Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) had two ground balls and two caused turnovers, while classmate Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) notched a pair of ground balls and his 35th career caused turnover, tying for ninth in program history.
Juniors Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) and Matthew Logue (Watertown, Conn./The Gunnery) both picked up a pair of ground balls, and senior Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) made eight saves and corralled four ground balls in 54:30. First-year Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) totaled one save, one ground ball and one caused turnover in 5:30 of relief.
Sophomore Nicolas Racalbuto netted a hat trick for Adelphi, while classmate Quintin McKenna and first-year Angelo Caiazzo both turned in a goal and two assists. Senior Ian Kirby scored twice, and junior Mark Andrejack was 15-for-17 on faceoffs with 13 ground balls. Classmate Brendan McDougal stopped 12 shots.
Adelphi used a five-goal run during an 8:46 span of the first period to forge ahead for good, as Kirby scored twice, Caiazzo and junior Michael Osmundsen both had a goal and an assist, and Racalbuto capped the scoring by making it 5-0 at 3:17 on his first goal. However, the Purple Knights yielded only an 8-4 shot disparity in the second quarter, when Sonberg made four saves in a shutout frame. Over the final three quarters, Saint Michael's outgained the Panthers, 21-19, in ground balls, including 20-10 during non-faceoff plays.
Racalbuto ended his team's scoreless stretch at 12:21 of the third quarter before the Purple Knights went on a 2-1 scoring run. Sharlow got the visitors on the board at 7:02 before Racalbuto netted a man-down marker seven seconds later, but McGuirk countered off of sophomore Ralph Grillone III's (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) feed with 4:18 to go. In a 7-2 game, neither team scored again until the final nine minutes of the contest, as the Panthers tallied four times in a 4:20 stretch to pull away.
The Purple Knights visit The College of Saint Rose on Wednesday at 5 p.m.