Saint Michael's Grabs Lead, Downs Assumption in NE-10 Play

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's rushed out to a 10-1 lead 3:20 into the second quarter on Saturday en route to a 16-7 victory against Assumption College on Duffy Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights, who are receiving votes toward this week's USILA poll, improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the league, while the Greyhounds slipped to 0-7 and 0-5.

Senior Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) notched career highs with seven points, four goals and three assists for the Purple Knights, while classmate Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) matches a season high with four tallies. Senior D.J. Dauria (Sherborn, Mass./Dover-Sherborn) turned in his second hat trick in three games, notching three goals and a helper, while classmate Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) tacked on two goals.

Senior Christian Cook (South Burlington, Vt./New Hampton School) scored and scooped up five ground balls, classmate Liam Pushee (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) recorded four caused turnovers and five ground balls, and junior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) turned in a pair of assists. Classmate Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) was 8 of 12 on draws, and junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made two saves during the opening half for the win. Classmate Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) had six in the second half.

Senior Casey Marren (Derby, Conn./Notre Dame) had a hat trick off the bench for Assumption, while four others scored once. Junior Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon) turned in two assists, and sophomore Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) had 14 stops in 56:53 of action.

Dauria assisted Zuccarini 2:40 into the game before scoring a goal of his own 2:32 later to make it 2-0 before Assumption cut its deficit in half at 7:39 of the opening quarter. From there, the Purple Knights scored 10 straight goals, including forging a 10-1 advantage when Vanzo converted junior Tim McDonald's (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) pass with 11:40 remaining in the second quarter. Vanzo capped the run at 12:56 of the third, providing an 11-goal cushion, before Assumption scored six of the game's final 10 goals.

The Purple Knights hit the road for their next two games, beginning on Tuesday at Bentley University at 7:00 p.m.

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Colchester, Vt. (March 30) -- On a chilly Saturday afternoon, Assumption dropped a 16-7 final to Saint Michael's in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are receiving votes in this week's USILA poll.

Saint Michael's took control in the first quarter as the Purple Knights held a 7-1 lead after one period of play. Sophomore Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) had the lone Assumption goal of the quarter, scoring his 16th of the season and 44th of his career. The Purple Knights kept the pressure up and eventually led by a 12-1 margin with 12:56 remaining in the third quarter.

Assumption controlled the rest of the third though as the Hounds scored four unanswered goals over the last 8:23 of the quarter to cut the score to 12-5 after three. Senior Casey Marren (Derby, Conn./Notre Dame) led the offense with two goals in the period, including a man-up score. Sophomore Peter Gersbeck (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) also converted on an extra-man opportunity in the quarter as the Hounds were 2 for 10 on the day with a man up.

Saint Michael's regained a double-digit lead in the final period before Marren capped off the hat trick with a goal with 2:04 remaining to account for the 16-7 final.

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