STANDISH, Maine – Mount Ida College (3-6, 2-0 GNAC) edged Saint Joseph's College (4-6, 0-2 GNAC), 7-5, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's lacrosse contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
With the help of man-up goals from freshmen Glenn Dion (Pembroke, N.H.) and Shane Puleo (Nashua, N.H.), the Monks held a 3-1 advantage after the first 15 minutes of play, but the Mustangs tallied four unanswered goals – including man-up strikes from juniors Kyle Ton (Norwich, Conn.) and Matt Curran (Abington, Mass.) – to grab a 5-3 lead heading into halftime.
St. Joe's scored the only third-quarter goal, a man-up tally from junior Michael Finn (Quincy, Mass.) off a Raymond Emery (Abington, Mass.) long pass, to make it a 5-4 game, but freshman Roman Dennis (Lewiston, Maine) scored almost immediately in the fourth quarter to extend his team's cushion back up to two goals and Ton hit pay dirt again with 8:33 left to provide the Mustangs with a 7-4 lead.
Applying plenty of pressure late (the Monks outshot the Mustangs, 18-3, in the fourth quarter), Saint Joseph's closed the gap with a goal from senior Matt Donnell (Watertown, Mass.) at the 6:11 mark, but Mount Ida senior keeper Cam Hayward (Derry, N.H.) made six saves and the Monks missed the target with five attempts in the closing six minutes.
Saint Joseph's senior Connor Trainor (Franklin, Mass.) tallied 10 saves in the setback while Hayward posted 20 stops for the visitors.
Saint Joseph's held the advantage in shots (50-33) and face-off wins (9-15) while Mount Ida posted a 40-39 edge in ground balls on the afternoon. Six of the 12 goals scored today were of the man-up variety, as the Monks were 4-7 in extra-man situations and the Mustangs found the back of the net on two of four power play scenarios.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Finn scored a goal with an assist, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers
- Puleo tallied a goal and an assist with three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers
- Senior Liam Skinner (Irving, Texas) scooped up a game-high eight ground balls
- Sophomore Shane Fors (Kalamazoo, Mich.) won nine of 15 face-off attempts with four ground balls
- Senior Tom Lisiecki (South Boston, Mass.) picked up five ground balls with three caused turnovers
LEADERS – MOUNT IDA:
- Ton scored twice on seven shots
- Freshman Mike Alibrandi (Holliston, Mass.) scored a goal with five ground balls
- Sophomore AJ Yarrow (Middletown, R.I.) added three ground balls and five caused turnovers
- Dennis chipped in with a goal with two ground balls and went 4-8 on face-off bids
With the loss, Saint Joseph's falls to 0-11 in the history of the series with Mount Ida College.
Saint Joseph's will host Emmanuel College Wednesday in a GNAC contest slated to begin at 7:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.