Men's Lacrosse Caps Florida Swing with 12-9 Loss to 17th-Ranked Lynn

Men's Lacrosse Caps Florida Swing with 12-9 Loss to 17th-Ranked Lynn

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team continued a challenging stretch with a 12-9 loss at 17th-ranked Lynn (Fla.) University on Thursday evening in Bobby Campbell Stadium, ending a two-game Florida road trip. The Purple Knights, who received votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, played their third contest in a four-game stretch against squads either nationally ranked or receiving votes. The Fighting Knights' national ranking is according to US Lacrosse Magazine.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-2), Lynn (4-3)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Graduate student Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), 3 goals, 2 ground balls
  • First-year Max Djusberg (Abington, Mass./Boston College HS), 3 goals
  • Junior Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), 2 goals, 1 caused turnover
  • Sophomore Joseph Gerardi (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), 1 goal, 2 ground balls
  • Junior Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial), 5 caused turnovers (career high), 4 ground balls
  • Senior Brendan Morris (Hingham, Mass./Hingham), 3 caused turnovers, 1 ground ball
  • Sophomore Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 15 saves

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Dryden Brous, 23-for-25 faceoffs, 20 ground balls
  • Senior Conor Vaughan, 2 goals, 2 assists
  • Sophomore Xander Cosenza, 2 goals, 2 assists
  • Sophomore Jared Chaloux, 3 goals
  • Redshirt sophomore Nick McCabe, 1 goal, 2 assists
  • First-year Gavin Leach, 2 goals
  • Redshirt senior Mikey Urso, 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 ground balls
  • Sophomore Chase Stokes, 1 goal
  • Junior Collin McClelland, 9 saves in 58:14

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's is receiving votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll.
  • The Fighting Knights are 17th in this week's US Lacrosse Magazine national poll.
  • First meeting between the two teams.
  • This was the third of four games in eight days that the Purple Knights face opponents that are nationally ranked or receiving votes.
  • The Purple Knights finished their second two-game Florida trip in five seasons.
  • Saint Michael's committed only 13 turnovers while forcing 20, with 11 of them caused by the visitors.
  • Brous, who entered the game fourth in Division II in ground balls per game and seventh in faceoff winning percentage, singlehandedly provided Lynn with 21 more possessions than Saint Michael's thanks to his 23-for-25 performance at the X.
  • Moriarty pushed his career caused turnover figure to 39, moving him into ninth in program history. Among those in the top 10, he vaulted past former teammate Dan Johnson '18 (37) and Tyler Violette '12 (36).

THE ACTION

  • Loughlin scored the game's first goal at 10:14 of the opening period.
  • Over the opening 8:47, Joy made three saves while his defensive counterparts forced two turnovers to keep Lynn off the board.
  • Beginning at 6:13, the Fighting Knights put together three goals in a 2:38 spurt, with Vaughan netting the first two before Chaloux made it 3-1 just 26 seconds after Vaughan's second tally.
  • Djusberg won the ensuing draw before finishing at 2:30 to pull Saint Michael's within a goal.
  • The visitors had two possessions prior to the final horn but did not draw even, and Joy denied McCabe with six seconds left to keep it a 3-2 game heading into the second period.
  • Cosenza and Chaloux both scoring in the opening 1:33 of the second frame.
  • Loughlin converted first-year Matt McGaffigan's (Rockland, Mass./Rockland) feed at 11:30 during a man-up opportunity to trim the deficit to 5-3.
  • Stokes countered with a man-up goal of his own 1:11 later, but Grillone again made it a two goal-game (6-4) by striking with 6:44 left.
  • Urso converted Vaughan's extra-man pass at 4:52, and Chaloux scored off of a Cosenza feed 10 seconds before halftime to give the hosts an 8-4 advantage.
  • Sparked by Loughlin's man-up goal at 11:20 of the third quarter, thanks to first-year Kyle Hirshom's (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) dish, Saint Michael's scored three straight goals in a matter of 2:47 to edge within one goal. Djusberg and Grillone netted the final two just 1:09 apart.
  • Lynn pushed the lead back to three by the end of the period thanks to goals by Leach (2:48) and McCabe (2:02) 46 seconds apart, and Leach tallied at 10:01 of the fourth to cap a 3-0 run and increase the margin to 11-7.
  • The Purple Knights scored two of the game's final three goals, with Gerardi and Djusberg sandwiching markers around a Cosenza goal over the last 7:19.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at No. 5 Pace University, 12 p.m.
  • The Setters' national ranking is according to US Lacrosse Magazine.