Worcester, Mass. (March 29) -- Led by a five-goal effort by junior Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa), the Assumption College men's lacrosse team defeated visiting Saint Michael's College by a 13-8 final in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Multi-Sport Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
Assumption jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, started by an unassisted goal by senior captain Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon) just 2:22 into the game. Juniors Ty Martina (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and Paul Curran (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) tallied two goals within a span of just 49 seconds before the Purple Knights cut the lead down to 3-2 with a pair of tallies just 30 seconds apart. Junior Matt Dromeshauser got the visitors on the board at the 4:53 mark, followed by a goal from senior Asa Sargent as both goals were assisted on by senior Evan Antolino. Smith and St. Mike's senior Cooper Quenneville traded goals over the remainder of the period as the Hounds held a 4-3 edge after one quarter.
The Hounds seized control in the second behind two goals from Smith and two assists from Curran for an 8-4 halftime lead. Shots in the first half were even at 20-20, but the Hounds were much more accurate as the hosts held a 16-9 edge in shots on goal. Assumption held a 9-5 edge in first-half faceoffs, as well as a 21-18 advantage in ground balls. Both teams were perfect in their clear attempts, led by Assumption converting a perfect 8-for-8 in the half.
In a penalty-ridden second half that saw five combined man-up goals between the two teams, Assumption led by as many as six goals on two occasions as the Hounds pulled away for the win. The first six-goal lead came just 2:36 into the third quarter as Smith and Curran opened up the half with man-up scores for a 10-4 advantage. Antolino and Sargent answered with a pair of Purple Knight goals in a span of 39 seconds to make it a 10-6 game with 10:57 left in the period, but junior Tim Casey (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) ended that run with his fifth goal of the year with 7:27 on the clock.
Assumption took the 11-6 lead into the final quarter, which started with the fifth goal of the day Smith as he scored man-up for the 12-6 lead. Saint Michael's answered with man-up goals from Antolino and senior Tim McDonald, before Martina closed out the scoring at 5:28 with his third goal of the game to complete the hat trick and the 13-8 victory.
Junior goalie Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) had eight saves in the win for Assumption, while senior Andrew Landers turned aside 14 shots while taking the loss.
With Smith's five-goal outing, he now sits at 99 points for his career as he is on the verge of becoming the fifth 100-point scorer in Assumption history. He also has 90 career goals, which is just one shy of tying the Assumption all-time career goal mark that is held by Justin Cecil '96. Curran ended the game with four points on two goals and two assists, along with one goal and two assists from Casey
For the Purple Knights, Antolino had two goals and two assists to go along with two goals and one assist by Sargent.
For the game, Assumption had a 14-10 edge in faceoffs behind a great effort by sophomore Nick Guarino (Avon, Conn./Avon). Ground balls ended up 35-24 in favor of the Hounds, led by five in the game by Guarino. Each team was unsuccessful on just one clear attempt in the contest, led by an 18-for-19 effort by Assumption as the Hounds also forced 19 Purple Knight turnovers.
With the win, the Hounds improve to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the Northeast-10, while the Purple Knights drop to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Assumption is back in action on Saturday, April 5th as the Hounds travel to American International College for a 4 p.m. start.
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