April 4, 2014

SAINTS STUN MUSTANGS IN 13-1 MEN’S LACROSSE WIN

BOSTON, Mass. – The Emmanuel College men's lacrosse team downed Mount Ida College, 13-1, Friday evening in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action under the lights at Roberto Clemente Field. The win was the first-ever for the Saints over the Mustangs and their eighth consecutive victory to help bump their overall record to 8-3 and 6-0 in the GNAC. Ida falls to 7-4 overall with the loss and 4-2 in GNAC play.

EC got things started early as sophomore middie Chris Curtis (Ashland, Mass.) netted his 16th goal of the year to give the hosts a 1-0 lead with 10:21 remaining in the opening frame. Senior attack Brian O'Regan (Milton, Mass.) made it 2-0 with under five minutes to play in the quarter before sophomore middie Justin Kelly (Collegeville, Pa.) made it 3-0 with a goal just 20 seconds later. With 2:45 left in the first, sophomore middie Michael Rogers (New Haven, Conn.) extended the lead to 4-0 with his team-leading 20th goal of the year.

The Mustangs got on the board with 1:09 remaining in the first as freshman Ryan Trinque (East Greenwich, R.I.) found the back of the net for his seventh score of the year to cut the lead to 4-1 heading into the second quarter. Unfortunately for the visitors it would mark their only score of the contest, marking the first time since April 8, 2002 that a Mount Ida men's lacrosse team only scored one goal in a match.

Kelly made it 5-1 with his second goal of the night early in the second quarter before sophomore attack Kaile MacLean-Daley (Moretown, Vt.) scored back-to-back markers to give EC a 7-1 advantage. The Saints closed the half strong as Curtis and MacLean-Daley each scored again over the final 80 seconds of play to make it a 9-1 Emmanuel lead heading into the break.

Freshman middie Tony Cibelli (Westboro, Mass.) got into the mix with his 12th goal of the year to open the second half scoring, making it 10-1. Junior attack Jake Jaskolski (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) also got into the scoring column in the third quarter to make it 11-1 with his third goal of the year, beating Mustangs senior goalie Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) stick-side high. With 44 tics left in the third, junior attack Evan Dolber (Malden, Mass.) scored his 10th goal of the year to push the lead to 12-1.

Junior attack Ryan Sabuda (Indianapolis, Ind.) capped the scoring with an unassisted marker with 9:37 to play to account for the 13-1 final. The Emmanuel defensive unit made the lead stand up, holding the Mustangs scoreless for the final 46 minutes of action.

Junior goalie Austin Lauzier (Bedford, N.H.) was stellar between the pipes, stopping nine of 10 shots while junior goalie Justin Byers (Indianapolis, Ind.) made four stops to close out the victory. Despite allowing the 13 goals, Cordaro put forth a strong effort making 19 stops for Mount Ida.

The Saints dominated the ground and faceoff game, owning a 40-13 advantage in groundballs and a 14-2 margin in faceoff victories, highlighted by junior middie Jake Pickett (Stratham, N.H.) winning 12 of 14 faces and collecting six groundballs.

Emmanuel returns to action on Wednesday, April 9 in another big GNAC contest when they host defending GNAC champion Norwich University at 7:00 PM. In last year's regular-season meeting between the two programs, the Cadets slipped past EC with a 7-6 win. Ida returns to action the same night, hosting Saint Joseph's College (ME) at 6:30 PM.