SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Behind junior Cameron Jung's (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) six-point day, the Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team downed American International College, 12-4, on Friday on Abdow Field. The Purple Knights improved to 4-7 overall and 1-7 in Northeast-10 Conference play, while the Yellow Jackets are 1-12 and 0-8.
Jung, who entered the contest with one point on the season, potted his second career hat trick to go along with personal bests of three assists and six points. Sophomore Alec Sharlow (Watertown, N.Y./South Jefferson) and first-year Jon Lockwood (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) both had two goals, an assist and three ground balls, while junior Hunter Goodwin (Milton, Vt./Milton) and sophomore Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) both scored twice. Grillone added two ground balls. Senior Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) had a goal, five ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Sophomore Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) was 10-for-13 on faceoffs with a career-high-tying eight ground balls for the second time in three games and two caused turnovers, junior Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) posted three ground balls and three caused turnovers, and sophomore Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) scooped four ground balls and caused a turnover. Senior Neil Gallagher (Stowe, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) corralled two ground balls and one caused turnover, upping his career total to 50 and tying Evan White '13 for fifth in program history. Classmate Colin Cronin (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) notched two ground balls and two caused turnovers, while first-year Joseph Gerardi (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) had an assist, two ground balls and a caused turnover.
Sophomore Sam Arnold (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) was 2-for-3 on faceoffs with two ground balls in his college debut, junior Brendan Morris (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) had three ground balls and one caused turnover, while classmate Matthew Logue (Watertown, Conn./The Gunnery) snagged two ground balls and caused a turnover. First-year Herb Hazelton (Darien, Conn./Brewster Academy) made four saves in one half of action, earning the win in his first college start, while classmate Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) maintained the lead while stopping one shot and yielding just one second-half goal. Saint Michael's finished 18-for-18 on clears while holding AIC to a 16-for-28 effort, and committed 12 turnovers, half as many as the hosts' 25.
Junior Quinn Caesar scored AIC's first three goals, sophomore Matt Quinlan also tallied, and first-year Jacob Ortiz stopped 25 shots.
Sharlow's tally 1:55 into the game gave Saint Michael's the lead for good before Grillone doubled the lead at 3:54, but Caesar countered 50 seconds later. Jung converted a Sharlow feed 41 seconds into the second period, and Goodwin scored off of a Jung dish at 5:22, but Caesar answered each time, and the visitors led only 4-3 at halftime, and by two after Jung tallied at 5:59 for the only scoring of the third period.
Saint Michael's pulled away with a 7-1 fourth quarter, as Murphy and Lockwood scored 11 seconds apart by 12:01 and Sharlow pushed the lead to 8-3 at 10:23, with Jung assisting. The Purple Knights capped what became an 8-0 run by tallying four times in a matter of 3:26 in the latter portion of the stanza. Jung had a goal and an assist in that time, while Goodwin, Grillone and Lockwood also scored. Saint Michael's nearly posted a shutout second half, but Quinlan broke his team's 30:34 scoreless drought with three seconds to go.
The Purple Knights visit Saint Anselm College, which is 20th in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., kicking off a regular-season-ending three-game stretch entirely against nationally-ranked foes.