American International vs. Saint Rose
March 25, 2014
The Game Story:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.Junior goalkeeper Perry Booker (Windsor, Conn.) had 15 saves and rookie attack Justin Bard (Westfield, Mass.) had a first quarter hat trick and added two assists as the American International College men's lacrosse team earned their first Northeast-10 win of the year over the Saint Rose Golden Knights, 8-6. The win moves AIC to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the NE-10, while the setback drops Saint Rose to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Although Saint Rose struck first at 4:29, AIC tallied right back, tying the game just thirteen seconds later when sophomore midfielder Michael Palmieri (Guilford, Conn.) hit Bard in front for a goal; then, at 6:03, junior attack Bobby Spano (West Springfield, Mass.) set up another goal for Bard to give AIC their first lead of the day. Saint Rose tied it up at 10:04, but Bard was not done, scoring an unassisted goal to finish the hat trick at 13:54; then, junior attack Matt Cassidy (London, Ont.) buried one at 14:45 to give AIC a 4-2 lead. Saint Rose did respond, striking at 14:56 to pull within one, 4-3 at the end of the first frame. The second period belonged to Booker as he stopped shot after shot, six in all in the frame. Meanwhile, Bard set up Spano while AIC was up a man at 3:00, followed by unassisted goals by senior attack Nick Amendt (Ponoka, Alb.) at 8:23 and freshman attack Kevin Papineau (Westfield, Mass.) at 12:05 to give AIC a 7-3 lead at the half. The third quarter saw the pendulum of momentum swing toward the Golden Knights, however, as they struck for the only two goals of the frame, striking at 3:49 and then up a man at 13:48 to cut the lead to 7-5; early in the third, at 4:51, they closed to within one. However, AIC scored the final goal of the game as Bard intercepted a pass over the middle and found Spano in front of the Saint Rose cage all alone; Spano made no mistake with the shot and scored at 7:33 to bring AIC to the 8-6 lead that would be the final, as despite several late man-up opportunities, Saint Rose could not score again. The Jackets return to action Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. when they face off against the Franklin Pierce Ravens in NE-10 action.