Assumption Rally Falls Just Short in Loss to Franklin Pierce

Worcester, Mass. (March 26) -- Trailing 12-9 with under five minutes remaining, Assumption cut the lead to one with 30 seconds left but came up just short in a 12-11 loss to visiting Franklin Pierce in Northeast-10 action at the Multi-Sport Stadium.

The Ravens struck quickly in the opening minutes and held a 2-0 lead just 2:30 into the first on goals from Kevin Dargin and Eric Harries. Assumption got on the board just 1:20 later as sophomore Peter Gersbeck (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) notched his third goal of the season.

Dargin pushed the lead back to two with a man-up goal for the Ravens, but back-to-back goals from Assumption's Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) tied the game for the first time at 3-3 early in the second quarter.

Assumption kept up the pressure in the second and eventually took the lead at 6-5 with 2:58 left on an unassisted score from sophomore Mike Jednak (Franklin, Mass./Franklin). The Ravens sent the game into the half deadlocked at 6-6 though as Dargin scored as the horn sounded for his fourth goal of the half.

The teams traded man-up goals to start the third and the game remained tied at 8-8 with 11:57 left in the period. Over the rest of the third and early in the fourth, Franklin Pierce slowly gained the momentum and built the lead up to 11-8 with 12:13 left in the game on a goal from sophomore Erik Kelly.

Assumption's Smith and Pierce's Kelly traded goals and the Ravens still led by a three-goal margin with just 4:25 left. Smith tallied his sixth goal of the game and 15th of the season with 1:12 left to get the Hounds within two, followed by the sixth goal of the season from sophomore Tim Casey (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) to pull Assumption within 12-11 with 30 seconds remaining.

The Hounds won the ensuing faceoff and called timeout, but were unable to get the equalizer as they fell by a one-goal margin for the second straight game.

Smith led the Hounds with six goals, while junior Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon) finished with two goals and four assists. Senior Connor MacNeil (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) posted two assists, while sophomore Dillon Riviezzo (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) led the team with seven ground balls. Freshman Nick Guarino (Avon, Conn./Avon) was also solid as he was 14 for 23 in faceoffs and added five ground balls.

Dargin led the Ravens with four goals along with three goals and two assists from Brian Bourque and four points each from Eric Harries and Kelly.

Sophomore Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and junior Matt Palubicki (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) combined for nine saves, while Contento picked up the loss. Don Denman made seven stops for the Ravens in the victory.

With the loss, the Hounds fall to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in Northeast-10 play, while the Ravens improve to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Assumption is back in action on Saturday, March 30th as the Hounds travel to Saint Michael's for a 1:00 p.m. start in Colchester, Vt. The Purple Knights are currently receiving votes in this week's USILA Division II poll.


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