April 23, 2011

No. 12 St. Michael's Rallies, Tops Pace

from press release

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team (7-5, 6-2 Northeast-10 Conference) rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to win at Pace, 10-7, on Saturday afternoon. The game was played at Pleasantville High School's artificial turf field, as heavy rains made Pace's on-campus grass field unplayable.

Junior Paul Tortora, Jr. (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) scored a game-high - and career-high - four goals in the win. Junior Kevin Hunt (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) scored a goal and an assist, the 10th straight game he has registered at least one point, while sophomore Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Univ. of Vermont) and freshman Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield/Quinnipiac) also scored a goal and an assist apiece. Sophomore Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard) handed out a pair of assists, while in net, freshmen Theo Ferguson (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and Chris Demairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) split time in net, with Demairo stopping three shots in the first half, and Ferguson recording four second-half saves to earn the win.

For Pace (5-7, 2-6 NE-10), Kevin Kadlick and William Scioscia each scored three goals, while Matt Gebhardt tallied a goal and and a game-high four assists. Alex Cain turned aside seven shots in the loss.

The game was tied at the end of the first, second, and third quarters, as neither team led by more than one goal in the first 45 minutes of play.

Kadlick gave Pace its final lead of the game, 6-5, with a man-up goal 27 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Saint Michael's sophomore Andrew Buccellato (Glen Rock, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep) evened the score at 6-all just 1:02 later. Eleven seconds after Buccellato's game-tying goal, freshman Cooper Quenneville (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union/Gould Academy) gave the Purple Knights the lead for good with an unassisted goal, and goals by Tortora, Jr., and junior Peter Hanson (Andover, Mass./Andover) pushed Saint Michael's advantage to 9-6 with 5:39 to go.

The Setters pulled to within 9-7 with 5:29 remaining, but that was the final goal for the hosts, and Tortora, Jr.'s fourth goal of the game with 1:42 to go sealed the win for the Purple Knights. The victory also surpasses Saint Michael's win total from all of last season, and clinches a home playoff game for the Purple Knights just one season after missing the postseason.

Saint Michael's is back in action on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. contest at league-rival Bentley University.

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