No. 10 Purple Knights Set Record with Win over SNHU

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Nationally-ranked Saint Michael's broke open a one-goal game with six tallies in the fourth quarter to help sophomore Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) set the program record for wins in a season (10) with a 14-7 Senior Day triumph over Southern New Hampshire on Saturday at Duffy Field.

The Purple Knights, who are ranked 10th according to the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, ended the regular-season on a four-game win streak and improve to 10-4 overall and 6-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Penmen fall to 3-11 and 3-7.

With the win, Saint Michael's clinched the fourth seed in the upcoming NE-10 Tournament and tied a school record with 10 wins in a single season, which was set in 2002 and matched in 2011. The fourth-seeded Purple Knights host fifth-seeded Saint Anselm College on Tuesday for an NE-10 quarterfinal at 2:00 p.m.

Junior Pete Donnally (Madison N.J./Morristown-Beard School) matched a career-high with six goals and added an assist for the Purple Knights, while classmate Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) netted two markers, dished off two assists and added five ground balls. Senior Paul Tortora Jr. (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) notched a hat trick and had six ground balls, while classmate Kevin Hunt (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) had three helpers and five ground balls.

Senior Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield/Quinnipiac) and sophomores Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) and Connor Glackin (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) each contributed a goal for the hosts, while classmate Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) scooped up a game-high seven ground balls and was 16 of 22 on face-offs. DeMairo finished with seven saves for a Saint Michael's squad that held an edge in ground balls, 45-24, shots, 62-26 and face-offs, 18-7.

Sophomore Rob Murray (Marblehead, Mass./Boston College/Gould Academy) netted a hat trick for the Penmen, while four players tallied one marker apiece. Senior Brendan O'Brien (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) stopped 18 shots in 59:43.

The two squads traded goals early in the contest to make it 2-2 by the 5:52 mark of the opening quarter, before the Purple Knights tallied four straight markers with Antolino capping it off and extending the lead to 6-2 at 8:05 of the second quarter.

The Penmen netted three consecutive goals to make it 6-5 with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter, before Donnally responded 22 seconds later to extend the lead back to two. Junior John Cuozzo (Norfolk, Mass./King Phillip) struck for the visitors at 1:14 to make it 7-6, but Vanzo countered with a goal just seven seconds later.

Murray completed the hat trick bid 43 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Purple Knights responded by tallying the final six goals of the contest, with Donnally and Tortora Jr. combining to score five of them. Donnally sparked the outburst with tallies at 13:40 and 7:18, before Tortora Jr. found the back of the net 1:06 later. Donnally tallied his sixth goal of the contest on a man-up opportunity at 5:41 with Zuccarini and Tortora Jr. finishing off the scoring with goals at 3:20 and 2:27, respectively.


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