COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team dropped a 9-7 decision to nationally-regarded Bentley University on Saturday on Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are 3-6 overall and 0-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Falcons, who are receiving votes toward the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, improved to 3-5 and 2-4.
First-year Jon Lockwood (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) recorded his second career hat trick for the Purple Knights with sophomore Alec Sharlow (Watertown, N.Y./South Jefferson) tacking on two goals and two ground balls. Sophomore Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) registered one goal and an assist and senior Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) tallied the final goal with two ground balls. First-year Joseph Gerardi (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) added an assist and scooped up two ground balls.
Senior Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) caused three turnovers, classmate Neil Gallagher (Stowe, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) picked up four ground balls, and junior Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) notched four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Sophomore Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) scooped eight ground balls, caused two turnovers and won 11-of-17 faceoffs, while senior Colin Cronin (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Richmond pushed his career faceoff victories total to 148 to take sixth place from Seth Metayer '11 (144) in program history. Senior Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) added four ground balls and a caused turnover.
Senior Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) notched seven saves during the first half before first-year Herb Hazelton (Darien, Conn./Brewster Academy) made four saves in relief. The Purple Knights' last four contests with Bentley have now been decided by a total of seven goals. During the contest, Frank passed Ryan Clunan '11 (40) to take over seventh in program history in career caused turnovers (42).
Sophomore Michael Fricke netted three goals for the Falcons while senior Matt Sanford added two goals and an assist. Four other players registered a goal each as sophomore Michael Haggan tallied 11 saves and five ground balls.
Fricke struck first for the Falcons at 12:19 of the opening quarter before the Purple Knights countered with two goals in 1:37. Grillone assisted Murphy at 6:33 and Lockwood went ahead and snuck one past Haggan at 4:56 before Fricke tied it up at 2:20, sparking a 5-0 run. The Falcons tallied four goals in the second quarter by four different players over a span of 7:57, with the first coming at 9:14 and the last at 1:17. With the clock winding down, Sharlow scored with only seven seconds left, bringing the Purple Knights within 6-3.
Bentley extended its lead to 8-3 by 11:38 of the third quarter before Grillone and Lockwood netted a goal each at 8:13 and 7:30, respectively. Sanford tacked on a goal at 5:40 to make it 9-5, but Bentley was blanked from there, including as the hosts held a 7-2 edge in fourth-quarter shots. Sharlow converted Gerardi's pass at 13:59 of the fourth before Lockwood scored on a man-up opportunity at 2:39 to bring the Purple Knights within 9-7. During another extra-man chance, Grillone had a final shot saved by Haggan with 21 seconds remaining.
The Purple Knights host Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.