ALBANY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team edged within one goal with 13 seconds left before losing the ensuing faceoff and suffering a 9-8 loss at The College of Saint Rose on Wednesday evening at Sullivan Field. The Purple Knights are 3-5 overall and winless in five Northeast-10 Conference contests, while the Golden Knights improved to 4-5 and 3-2, as the teams played their third straight one-goal decision.
Sophomore Alec Sharlow (Watertown, N.Y./South Jefferson) recorded three goals and an assist for his first college hat trick while adding four ground balls, and senior midfielder Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) had a goal, three ground balls and a career-high five caused turnovers, the most by a Purple Knight short-stick player since the statistical category began being tracked in 2007. Classmate Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) turned in two goals, an assist and three ground balls.
Juniors Cameron Jung (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) and Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) also scored, sophomore Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) had two assists, two ground balls and two caused turnovers, while first-year Jon Lockwood (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) lent one helper and scooped four ground balls. Senior Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) made a career-high-tying 14 saves with four ground balls, and classmates Neil Gallagher (Stowe, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) and Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) notched four and three ground balls, respectively. Junior Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) caused two turnovers, and sophomore Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) won seven faceoffs and picked up three ground balls.
During the game, Richmond passed Peter Hanson '12 (133) to take over seventh in program history in career faceoff victories (137), and Frank moved from 12th to eighth in caused turnovers by boosting his total to 39. He passed Pete Donnally '13 (35) and Cooper Quenneville '13 (35) for the most by a non-defender at the College.
Junior Carter Badour had a hat trick for Saint Rose, and first-year Jack Pemrick notched two goals and an assist. Senior Liam Guiton recorded 16 saves and four ground balls.
Badour's marker at 11:58 of the opening period put the hosts on top before Saint Michael's countered with the next three goals, as Sharlow and McGuirk found the back of the net 1:19 apart to make it 2-1 by 6:22 of the first stanza. Jung extended the advantage just seven seconds into the second frame. Sophomore Kyle Gainer scored 42 seconds after that to kick off a go-ahead 3-0 run by Saint Rose, but Murphy tied the game 2:41 before halftime.
Murphy's tally sparked a 4-0 stretch that bridged the intermission, as Grillone dished off on a Sharlow goal before Sharlow assisted Frank at 13:08 and 2:03 of the third, respectively, sandwiched around a Murphy marker. With the Purple Knights ahead 7-4, five different Golden Knights scored in a 5-0 run that started when sophomore Jordyn Marchiano scored with 42 seconds remaining in the third period.
Saint Rose still trailed 7-6 with fewer than five minutes left in regulation, but junior Austin Degener tied the game at 4:30 of the fourth period off of a Pemrick feed before Pemrick found the equalizer at 2:34. The hosts won the ensuing faceoff, and Sonberg stopped a shot with 1:49 left, but senior Matt Graham nabbed the ground ball and put home the eventual winner six seconds later. The Golden Knights won the next draw, but Frank turned in his fifth caused turnover, and the visitors earned an extra-man opportunity during the possession, which ended with Sharlow converting Lockwood's pass for a man-up marker at 13 seconds. Following a Purple Knight timeout, senior Lucas Frese won the faceoff and grabbed the ground ball, and the hosts salted away the clock.
The Purple Knights host their next two games, beginning by taking on Bentley University on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Falcons are receiving votes toward the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.