PAXTON, Mass.—The Anna Maria College men's lacrosse team was held to just one second-half goal by the Monks of Saint Joseph's College, who claimed an 11-3 road victory in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
The win boosts the Monks to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, while Anna Maria falls to 1-8 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.
SAINT JOSEPH'S LEADERS
After nearly 11 minutes of scoreless play, Anna Maria scored the first goal of the game, as freshman Zachary Bryant (Saco, Maine) connected on a feed from Ryan Rockwal (Chicopee, Mass.).
At the 8:33 mark of the second quarter, senior Alex Rezendes (Nantucket, Mass.) scored off of an assist from Paul Mills (Auburn, Mass.) that evened the score at 2-2.
Anna Maria's third goal came at the 10:06 mark in the third quarter, and was a man-up goal by Rockwal, assisted by Rezendes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Bryant's game-opening goal was scored at the 4:32 mark. With 53 seconds left on the clock in the first, O'Brien evened the score at 1-1. Midway through the second quarter the game was tied at 2-2, but three-straight goals by the Monks at 6:25, 3:17, and 2:43 sent the visitors into halftime with a 5-2 advantage.
Saint Joseph's outscored the AMCATS 5-1 in the third quarter and scored the only goal of the fourth quarter at the 9:03 mark en route to the 11-3 win.
Connor Trainor (Franklin, Mass.) earned the win in net, tallying 10 saves in 40:54 of action. Wyatt Porter (Pittsfield, Mass.) stopped all six shots he faced in the final 19:06 of action. Freshman Paul Schwarz (Staten Island, N.Y.) recorded 14 saves for Anna Maria.
Saint Joseph's won 10 out of 18 face-offs on the day and outshot the AMCATS 41-29. The Monks were successful on 17-of-19 clears, while Anna Maria finished 13-of-27.
Anna Maria travels to Norwich on Wednesday for a 4:00 p.m. GNAC tilt, while Saint Joseph's hosts Southern Maine in a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game at Fitzpatrick Stadium on the same day.
COURTESY OF ANNA MARIA COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.