NEWTON, Mass. (4/13/16) – Junior Josh Gallant (Hampstead, N.H.) registered four goals to lift the Lasell men's lacrosse team over the visiting Monks of St. Joseph's Maine, 11-8, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action Wednesday evening at Grellier Field. The Lasers improve their GNAC record to 3-1 while they advance to 8-3 on the season, while the Monks even out in conference play 2-2 and dip to 5-7 on the year.
Senior Casey Sullivan (Quaker Hill, Conn.) and freshman Ryan Madden (Hingham, Mass.) added a pair of goals apiece in the victory, while senior Pat Egan (Glen Rock, N.J.) dished out two assists. Joining
For the Monks, freshman Michael Finn (Quincy, Mass.) and sophomores Cam Boucher (Lewiston, Maine) and Luigi Grimaldi (Portland, Maine) scored twice in the setback. Senior Jake O'Brien (Andover, Mass.) scored his 20th goal of the season at the 12:54 mark of the fourth quarter and, with the tally, recorded his 100th career point, becoming the fourth Saint Joseph's player to reach the century mark.
In an evenly matched first half, the Lasers and Monks deadlocked at four apiece, before the Lasers took the third period for their own. Sullivan took an unassisted rocket to frame 2:05 into the stanza, before Madden capitalized on the double-up opportunity with 8:41 left to go. Boucher snuck one in on the transition for the Monks with 5:09 left in the period, but Gallant responded with his second of the game to preserve a two goal gap 7-5 heading into the final 15.
Junior Connor Johnson (Hampstead, N.H.) extended the lead to three 28 seconds into the fourth quarter with a top-shelf blast past the right shoulder of sophomore keeper Connor Trainor (Franklin, Mass.). A Grimaldi goal shrunk the Monks' trail to two points with 3:28 left in regulation, but Gallant turned a man-down situation into his fourth goal of the evening for the 11-8 final decision.
Junior net minder Jorge Salazar (Waltham, Mass.) earned the victory (8-2) in the cage for Lasell with nine saves on 17 shots, while Trainor suffered the loss (5-6) despite a 17 save performance.
Both teams will hit the road in their next contest against GNAC opponents on Saturday, April 16. The Lasers will travel to New Haven, Conn. for a 12:00 p.m. faceoff with Albertus Magnus, while the Monks face Norwich University in the second half of a lacrosse doubleheader at 4:00 p.m.
COURTESY OF LASELL 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.