Saint Michael's vs. Merrimack
March 31, 2009
The Game Story:
COLCHESTER, Vt. ? The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team (2-4, 0-2 Northeast-10 Conference) allowed six goals in the second period and fell to fourth-ranked Merrimack College, 11-7, on Tuesday on Duffy Field at Doc Jacobs Complex.

For Merrimack (6-0, 2-0), senior Greg Rogowski (Cohoes, N.Y.) had three goals and three assists, while junior Michael Balbuena (Falmouth, Mass.) tallied three goals and one assist. Junior Bryan MacPhie (Scarborough, Maine) added two goals and a helper, while classmate Mark Webber (Mansfield, Mass.) netted a goal and an assist. Senior Jo Pisano (Dedham, Mass.) and freshman Brad McAdam (Neshanic Station, N.J.) also scored for the Warriors, while junior Cory Spinale (Wakefield, Mass.) stopped 11 shots to earn the victory.

For Saint Michael's, senior Bryan Zaremba (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) and freshman Sean Leahy (Grainger, Ind./Saint Joseph's) each scored twice, while junior Charlie Niznansky (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe) recorded a goal and a game-high three assists. Freshmen Andrew Buccellato (Glen Rock, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and Peter Hanson (Andover, Mass./Andover) also scored for the Purple Knights, while junior Zach Jandl (Brookline, N.H./Vermont Academy) recorded seven saves in defeat.

Saint Michael's jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period on unassisted goals by Zaremba and Leahy, each scoring their seventh goal of the season. Merrimack, however, seized control by scoring six unanswered goals in the second period, including four with the man advantage, to take a 6-2 halftime lead. The Purple Knights pulled to within 7-6 on Niznansky's goal with 4:12 left in the third period, but Webber's score just 23 seconds later restored Merrimack's two-goal advantage, and the visitors pulled away in the final quarter to remain unbeaten.

Saint Michael's lost despite winning 15 of the game's 19 faceoffs. The Purple Knights went just 1-for-5 with the man advantage, while Merrimack converted half (4-for-8) of its man-up opportunities.

Saint Michael's returns to action on Saturday, as the Purple Knights visit league-rival Pace University for a 1 p.m. contest. Merrimack takes on Notre Dame de Namur on Friday at 7 p.m. in Melville, N.Y.