Saint Joseph’s Shoots Past Johnson & Wales For Fifth-Consecutive Victory

Saint Joseph’s Shoots Past Johnson & Wales For Fifth-Consecutive Victory

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (6-2, 1-0 GNAC) rallied from an early deficit to defeat Johnson & Wales University (1-7, 0-2 GNAC), 17-9, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's lacrosse contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Saturday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Johnson & Wales, the reigning GNAC Champion, opened the contest with three unanswered goals and held a 5-2 cushion after senior Thomas Lyons (Burlington, Mass.) netted an unassisted tally with 8:36 left in the second quarter.

The tide turned quickly in the Monks' favor however, as a pair of Brendan Martin (Nashua, N.H.) strikes in a matter of 15 seconds made it a one-goal game. Martin's latter goal, scored at the 7:41 mark, was the result of an outstanding individual effort, as the sophomore midfielder collected a loose ball 15 feet in front of the JWU goal and bounced a shot – as he was being checked to the ground – just under the crossbar to cut his team's deficit to 5-4.

Trailing 6-5 with 4:34 before the break, the Monks rattled off three unanswered goals to claim an 8-6 cushion heading into intermission. Seniors Michael Finn (Quincy, Mass.) and Tyler Retalic (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Shane Puleo (Nashua, N.H.) all hit pay-dirt in the closing three minutes of the second stanza to put the hosts up by two at the half.

Sophomore Zack Hamilton (Pepperell, Mass.) lifted St. Joe's to a 9-6 lead with an unassisted goal two minutes into the third quarter, but JWU senior attack Eric Lindaas (Milford, Pa.) netted the next two goals with the second strike making it a 9-8 game with 6:31 left in the penultimate quarter.

With the Wildcats surging and in need of a spark, the Monks benefitted from a costly mistake that seemed to change the dynamic of the game. Possessing in the visitors' defensive end, the hosts committed a turnover near the cage, but the JWU defender who picked up the ball – looking for a teammate behind the goal - inadvertently tossed it into his own net to make it a 10-8 contest with 5:40 left in the third.

The conference rivals swapped goals early in the fourth quarter as the scoreboard showed a 12-9 score in favor of the Monks with 12:12 to play before Saint Joseph's rattled off five-consecutive goals over a seven-minute span to close out the game scoring and notch the team's fifth-consecutive victory.

THE KEEPERS:

SJC sophomore Logan Skinner (Irving, Texas) enjoyed another strong outing with 13 saves and a pair of ground balls in the victory. JWU freshman Kyle Mangan (Ithaca, N.Y.) turned away 10 shots in the loss while sophomore Andrew Costa (North Providence, R.I.) allowed a goal in 1:25 of action (while Mangan served a penalty).

TEAM STATS:

Saint Joseph's held the lead in shots (53-35), ground balls (48-28) and face-off wins (19-10) on the evening.

LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:

  • Puleo netted a pair of goals with three assists
  • Finn tallied two goals and two assists
  • Retalic added three goals, five ground balls, and three caused turnovers
  • Martin scored twice with two ground balls
  • Hamilton contributed a goal with two assists and four ground balls
  • Freshman Devin Linscott (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with two goals and an assist
  • Freshman Troy Bottari (Nashua, N.H.) potted a pair of goals
  • Junior face-off midi Shane Fors (Kalamazoo, Mich.) picked up a game-high 13 ground balls and was 19-for-29 on face-off attempts
  • Sophomore Alex Osmanski (Abington, Mass.) scooped up five ground balls
  • Senior Raymond Emery (Abington, Mass.) added four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers

LEADERS – JOHNSON & WALES:

  • Lindaas scored five goals on 10 shots
  • Sophomore Matt Gelb (Huntington, N.Y.) added a goal and two assists
  • Senior Ben Farrell (Baltimore, Md.) scored a goal with five ground balls
  • Senior Brad Kretz (Sandy Hook, Conn.) contributed a goal and an assist

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING:

With the victory Saint Joseph's is now 4-2 in the history of the series with Johnson & Wales University and has now defeated the Wildcats in three-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2017 season.

NEXT!

Saint Joseph's returns to action Wednesday with a GNAC contest at Rivier University. Opening face-off is slated for 6:00 PM.

 

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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at www.sjcme.edu.