Worcester, Mass. (March 19) -- On Wednesday afternoon, the Assumption College men's lacrosse team had its three-game winning streak snapped in a hard-fought 11-10 setback to the College of Saint Rose in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Multi-Sport Stadium.
Neither team led by more than one goal over the first two quarters as the Golden Knights went ahead 1-0 first on an unassisted score by senior Brett McAuliffe. Junior Paul Curran (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) continued his solid play to tie the game just 55 seconds later on his ninth goal of the year, followed by a man-up tally from junior Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) for the 2-1 edge with 9:13 left in the first. The teams traded goals over the remainder of the first quarter, capped by another goal from Smith that was assisted by junior Peter Gersbeck (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) for a 4-3 lead after one.
In the second period, Saint Rose junior Kris Miller tied the game at 4-4 with 10:13 left before Curran put the Hounds back up 5-4 with the second of his team-best five goals in the game. Saint Rose eventually took its first lead of the game at 6-5 with 4:07 left in the half on the fourth goal of the year by junior Colin Sorber, but Smith completed his first-half hat trick with just 57 seconds left. The game headed into the break tied at 6-6 as the final goal of the period was assisted on by sophomore Connor Munisteri (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville).
It was all Assumption for most of the third quarter with Curran scoring three times over the first 13 minutes of the period as the Hounds outshot the Golden Knights 12-5 in the quarter. After Curran's final goal in the quarter with two minutes left made it 9-6, McAuliffe cut the lead to one with just 37 seconds left in the period on a man-up goal. Saint Rose wasn't done in the third either as junior Evan Helming scored his sixth goal of the year with just 1.7 seconds remaining to make it a 9-8 margin heading to the final quarter.
In the fourth, the Golden Knights tied the game just 1:21 into the period on the fourth goal of the game by McAuliffe and regained the lead with 12:14 left on a man-up goal from Sorber. Senior Rich Bamberger gave the Golden Knights their biggest lead of the game at 11-9 with 7:21 remaining and the game stayed that way until the final two minutes. Smith pulled the Hounds within 11-10 off an assist from Curran with just 1:31 left, keeping Assumption within striking distance.
In the final seconds of the game, the Hounds forced a Saint Rose turnover that was picked up by Munisteri with under 10 seconds left. Munisteri found Smith cutting towards the net, who fired the ball just high as the Golden Knights hung on for the one-goal victory.
Curran led the Hounds with five goals and two assists, along with four goals and an assist by Smith. For the Golden Knights, McAuliffe led four players with multiple goals as he finished with four goals to go along with a team-high two assists.
For the game, the Hounds held a 36-27 edge in shots, including 20 Assumption shots on goal for the game. The Hounds also edge the Golden Knights in ground balls at 31-25 and forced 16 turnovers by the visitors. Assumption converted 9-of-11 clear attempts in the game, both man-up opportunities and held a 14-11 edge in faceoffs won thanks to sophomore Nick Guarino (Avon, Conn./Avon). Guarino also led the Hounds in ground balls with 10 in the game.
Freshman Matt Comerford (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) had three saves in the loss, while freshman Joe Shapiro turned aside 10 shots in the victory.
With the loss, Assumption falls to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Northeast-10, while the Golden Knights improve to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the league with the team's first victory.
Assumption is back in action on Saturday, March 22nd as the Hounds host Saint Anselm College for a Northeast-10 Conference game beginning at Noon.
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