Donnally Snaps Tie to Help #11 Purple Knights Top Pace

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Junior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) scored his league-leading 31st goal of the season with 4:14 remaining in the fourth quarter to help nationally-ranked Saint Michael's snap a 5-5 tie en route to a 7-5 victory over Pace at Duffy Field on Saturday.

The Purple Knights, who are ranked 11th according to the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, improve to 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Setters fall to 4-6 and 3-4.

Donnally led the Purple Knights with two markers and scooped up five ground balls, while junior Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) and sophomore Cooper Quenneville (Shoreman, Vt./Gould Academy) each had one goal and one assist, with Vanzo adding five ground balls. Senior Tyler Violette (Amherst, N.H./Proctor Academy) had six ground balls and caused four turnovers.

Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) was 6 of 10 on face-offs. Junior Neil Kelly (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) and sophomore Sean Smith (West Islip, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) each tallied their first career assist, while classmate Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 11 saves, including five in the fourth quarter for a Saint Michael's squad that dominated on the ground by scooping up 37 ground balls, compared to 24 by Pace.

Junior Matt Mirabito (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage/Broome CC) tallied two goals and an assist for the visitors, while three other players found the back of the net once. Senior Kevin Grady (Medford, N.Y./Bellport) stopped 15 shots in the losing effort.

The Setters took a 1-0 lead at 6:14 of the first quarter, but the Purple Knights responded and received goals from sophomore Connor Glackin (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) and senior Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield/Quinnipiac) at 5:37 and 2:24, respectively, to give the hosts a 2-1 edge.

Pace knotted the score at two when they scored with just 42 seconds left in the second quarter and struck again at 12:20 of the third quarter to retake a one-goal lead. Donnally scored off of Kelly's first-career assist at 7:03, before Vanzo tallied at 3:49 to give the Purple Knights a one-goal advantage. The Setters and Purple Knights traded goals in the final three minutes of the quarter as Quenneville found the back of the net at 2:04 to help Saint Michael's reclaim the lead after Pace tied the game at four at 2:59.

Mirabito once again brought the game to a stalemate as he tallied at 6:08 of the final frame, but Donnally responded less than two minutes later as he gave the Purple Knights the lead for good off of Smith's first-career point. The Setters continued to pressure the Purple and Gold, but DeMairo made two critical stops in the final four minutes including a toe save with 1:46 left to preserve the slim lead. Senior Kevin Hunt (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) added an insurance marker with 1:23 remaining.

The Purple Knights play their final road game of the season next Saturday when they take on America International College at 4:00 p.m.

2012-04-14



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