Men's Lacrosse Unable to Overcome No. 1 Adelphi in NE10 Play

Men's Lacrosse Unable to Overcome No. 1 Adelphi in NE10 Play

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team only trailed 4-2 after the first half against No. 1 Adelphi University before falling 14-2 during Saturday morning's Northeast-10 Conference contest at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are receiving votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while the Panthers are the top-ranked team in the nation according to both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and US Lacrosse Magazine national polls.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-5, 0-4 NE10), Adelphi (10-0, 6-0 NE10) 

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls), 1 goal
  • Junior Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), 1 goal
  • Graduate student Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
  • Junior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore), 5 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers, 6 faceoff wins
  • Junior Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial), 3 ground balls, 7 caused turnovers (career high)
  • Senior Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional), 4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Patrick Murphy (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's), 2 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
  • Sophomore Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 10 saves, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover in 47:12
  • First-year Brady Neeb (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), 1 save in 12:48 of relief
  • Junior Aidan Maron (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional), 3 ground balls
  • First-year Kyle Hirshom (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), 3 ground balls 

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Michael Osmundsen, 5 goals, 2 ground balls
  • Junior John Arcidiacono, 3 goals, 2 caused turnovers
  • Redshirt senior Ian Kirby, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Senior Gordon Purdie Jr., 2 assists
  • Senior Brian Smith, 1 goal, 3 ground balls
  • Junior Nicolas Racalbuto, 1 goal, 2 ground balls
  • Senior Mark Andrejack, 10 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers, 14-for-19 on faceoffs
  • Junior Justin Napolitano, 4 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers
  • Senior Brendan McDougal, 10 saves in 52:00
  • Junior Kevin Rice, 3 saves in 4:56 of relief
  • First-year Thomas Vasquez, 3 saves in 3:04 of relief

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's is receiving votes toward this week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll.
  • The Panthers are the top-ranked team in the nation according to both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and US Lacrosse Magazine national polls. Adelphi entered Saturday as just one of three undefeated teams left in Division II.
  • The Purple Knights held the Panthers, who have the third-ranked offense in Division II, to just four goals in the first half and below their average of 17.22 goals.
  • Adelphi held slight margins in shots (34-31) and ground balls (39-32), while the Purple Knights forced 27 turnovers, the most Adelphi has accrued since totaling 28 versus Pace University on May 13, 2017. Saint Michael's also caused more turnovers than Adelphi (18-17) and held the visitors to 14-of-24 on clear attempts.
  • Moriarty upped his career caused turnover total to 50, tying Evan White '13 for sixth in program history, while passing Bobby Frank '18 (47). His 25 caused turnovers this season ties him with Neil Kelly '13 for fifth in program history, while his seven caused turnovers are the most by a Purple Knight since complete records became available in 2006. 

THE ACTION

  • The Purple Knights scored the game's first goal at 10:39 in the first quarter as McGuirk netted his first of the season off a feed from first-year Matt McGaffigan (Rockland, Mass./Rockland).
  • Adelphi responded with three straight goals as Osmundsen notched two goals in the first quarter, while sophomore James Hall scored at 12:48 in the second.
  • Grillone cut the deficit to 3-2 at 4:58 off a pass from Loughlin, before Arcidiacono potted with 42 seconds left to make it 4-2 going into the half.
  • Adelphi scored 10 unanswered goals in the second half with Osmundsen scoring three goals, while Arcidiacono added two, including a man-up goal at 9:52 of the third quarter.
  • The Purple Knights committed only eight turnovers in the second half, while forcing 13, including eight in the fourth quarter. The Purple Knights also held the Panthers to just 6-of-12 on clears in the second half, including 1-for-7 in the final frame, while only being outshot 19-16.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Tuesday vs. The College of Saint Rose, 3:30 p.m.
  • Saint Rose is receiving votes toward this week's USILA national poll.
  • The Purple Knights will be hosting their Hope Happens Here Mental Awareness Game during the contest.