Springfield, Mass. (April 5) -- In a back-and-forth game on Saturday afternoon, the Assumption College men's lacrosse team held off American International for a 15-14 road win at Abdow Field on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play. Assumption built a 15-12 lead midway thru the fourth quarter before holding on for the one-goal victory.
In the victory, junior attack Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) became just the fifth player in Assumption history to reach the 100-point plateau for his career. He also became the Assumption College all-time career goals leader as he now has 94 for his career, breaking the previous mark of 91 held by Justin Cecil.
Assumption jumped out to an early 3-1 lead midway thru the first quarter as sophomore Connor Munisteri (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) had a pair of goals that included a man-up score with 7:49 left in the opening period. The Yellow jackets answered with a 5-0 scoring run however, led by a pair of goals each from both Bobby Spano and Eric Overdahl, to seize the 6-3 edge early in the second. The Hounds put together a 5-1 spurt of its own though to regain the lead at 8-7 on a goal by Munisteri that was assisted on by senior Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon). Mack ended the game with seven assists, setting the Assumption College single-game record for assists as the previous mark of six had stood for nearly two decades.
Overdahl capped the first-half scoring with his third goal of the period as the teams headed into the halftime break tied up at 8-8. Justin Bard gave the Jackets a two-goal lead early in the third quarter and the hosts continued to lead at 12-11 with 4:19 remaining in the period after the 27th goal of the season from Bard.
Smith scored a man-up goal with just 1:10 left in the third that was assisted on by junior Paul Curran (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) as he sparked a 4-0 run that seemingly put the Hounds in control at 15-12 with 8:35 remaining in the game. Overdahl cut the deficit to two with 5:53 remaining, followed by a goal by Nick Amendt to make it a one-goal game with just 2:11 left. The Hounds hung on however to even their record at 5-5 overall with the team's second straight win.
Junior Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) made 11 saves to pick up the victory, while Le Moyne's Perry Booker had 15 stops in the loss.
Smith led the offense with four goals, along with three from Munisteri, two goals and three assists by Curran and the record-setting seven-assist game by Mack. Overdahl led the Yellow Jackets with five goals, along with four by Bard and three from Spano.
For the game, Assumption held a slight 38-36 edge in overall shots while forcing 17 American International turnovers. The Hounds were also very efficient in man-up offense and man-down defense in a game that featured 17 total penalties. Assumption converted 6-of-10 man-up chances, while holding the Yellow Jackets to just one goal in seven opportunities.
Assumption also held a 19-12 edge in faceoffs won as sophomore Nick Guarino (Avon, Conn./Avon) won 19-of-31 attempts. The Yellow Jackets had the 16-12 advantage in ground balls in the game, including 8-4 in the first half of play.
With the win, Assumption is now 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the Northeast-10, while American International falls to 1-11 overall and 1-8 in league play.
Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, April 8th as the team hosts Adelphi University for a 7 p.m. start. The game is also the Wounded Warrior Project game for the Hounds as the team looks to raise money for this worthy cause.
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