NEWTON, MA – Saint Joseph's (5-7, 3-1 GNAC) fell to Lasell College (6-4, 4-0 GNAC), 16-4, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's lacrosse contest on Wednesday afternoon.
The opening ten minutes saw both teams feel each other out, with neither side being able to get on the scoreboard. Freshman Robbie Palazzo (Redding, Conn.) took a nice feed from Pat Bresnahan (Manchester, N.H.) and fired a shot into the back of the net to opening the scoring with five minutes left in the opening quarter. Dylan Gray (Bayport, N.Y.) then followed, finishing a Chris Livelli (Hillsborough, N.J.) assist 29 seconds later putting the hosts ahead, 2-0.
Palazzo added his second goal of the opening quarter with 3:09 left thanks to an assists by Dylan Gray. Gray then scored a pair of goals four seconds apart, both courtesy of assists from fellow junior attacker Jake LaMorte (Walpole, Mass.), to put Lasell up 5-0 with 1:33 left in the quarter.
Lasell kept up the scoring outburst, getting goals from Kyle Dickinson (Branford, Conn.), Bresnahan and Billy Wood (Brewster, N.Y.) to open up an 8-0 lead with 5:49 left in the first half. Jonathon Horgan (Hingham, Mass.) tallied an unassisted goal with 4:36 remaining in the opening half and Jake Ricciardi (Sharon, Mass.) added another one with 2:21 left to cut the Lasell lead to 8-2. The Lasers answered, using goals from LaMorte and Gray in the final minute of the half to build their lead to 10-2 at the break.
Lasell scored six goals over the first 18 minutes of the second half, including a hat-trick by senior Jon Elia (East Lyme, Conn.) and the Monks added a pair of goals by Andrew Hamill (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Jared Butler (Freemont, N.H.) to make the final margin 16-4.
Don Berube earned the win in net for Lasell, stopping eight of 10 shots he faced in three quarters of action, before yielding the cage to freshman Luke Grayson, who tallied a pair of saves in the final 15 minutes of action. Chris Driscoll (Saco, Maine) made 10 saves through the first three quarters for St. Joe's, and teammate Jason Yasenchock (Rochester, N.H.) made four stops in the final quarter.
Gray led the Lasell attack, finishing with four goals and four assists and Livelli tallied a goal and four assists in the Lasers' victory.
Saint Joseph's will resume GNAC play on Saturday when the Monks travel to Emerson College for a 1:00 PM conference contest.