Big Second Half Lifts Saint Michael's Past Bentley

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's broke a 6-6 tie with a little more than 10 minutes left in the third quarter by tallying the next eight goals en route to a 14-7 victory over Bentley on Tuesday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights, who received votes in this week's USILA poll, extended their winning streak to five games while improving to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Falcons slipped to 1-3 and 1-2.

Junior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) tallied four goals and two assists for the Purple Knights, while classmate Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) contributed two markers and two helpers. Senior Christian Cook (South Burlington, Vt./New Hampton School) added one goal and two assists, while sophomores Connor Glackin (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) and Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) each netted two goals.

Junior defender Neil Kelly (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) earned the first point of his career with the game-winning goal midway through the third frame. Senior Peter Hanson (Andover, Mass./Andover) recorded seven ground balls and five caused turnovers, while sophomore Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) scooped up seven ground balls and was 13 of 20 on draws. Classmate Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 11 saves.

Senior Richard Travers (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and junior Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) each contributed two goals for the Falcons, with Travers adding an assist. Sophomore Brian Karl (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) finished with eight saves in a little more than 53 minutes of action.

The Falcons scored twice in a 39-second span to make it 2-0 by 9:19 of the first frame before the Purple Knights responded, as Glackin scored at 5:53 and Donnally followed 1:24 later. The Purple Knights erased another two-goal deficit late in the second quarter, as Glackin and McDonald each tallied in the final 1:52 to knot the score at five.

The squads traded goals early in the third stanza, as Donnally capped a 3-0 run 29 seconds in, but the Falcons tied the score at six with 12:06 remaining. From there, the Purple Knights scored the next eight goals to take a commanding 14-6 lead with 5:11 left in the contest. Cook put the hosts ahead for good at 10:07 of the third, and Kelly converted the eventual game-winning goal at 7:43. In a 9-6 game, the Purple Knights tallied their final five markers in a 4:08 span during the fourth quarter. The visitors broke their 25:07 scoreless stretch with 1:58 left.

The Purple Knights host No. 2 Le Moyne College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Dolphins, who have been to the NCAA Tournament championship game five out of the last six years, are the second-ranked team according to the latest USILA national poll.

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COLCHESTER, Vt. Saint Michael's outscored Bentley 9-2 in the second half on its way to a 14-7 win on Tuesday afternoon in a Northeast-10 men's lacrosse match-up.

The Falcons looked good early on, jumping out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals just 39 seconds apart. Junior Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) netted the first one at the 9:58 mark, and after the ensuing face-off win by Connor Price (Hamden, Conn./Hamden), senior Richard Travers (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) scored right after.

Saint Michael's though tied the game up with two goals of its own in quick succession, coming from sophomore Connor Glackin at 5:53 and junior attack Pete Donnally at 4:19.

The teams traded goals in the early part of the second quarter to make the score 3-3, but Bentley jumped ahead at 5-3 with 5:34 left in the half when Travers and Caditz scored their seconds of the half.

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