Saint Michael's vs. Southern New Hampshire
April 8, 2009
The Game Story:
COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team (3-5, 1-3 Northeast-10 Conference) let an early lead slip away in suffering a 12-8 setback to Southern New Hampshire University in league action on Wednesday on Duffy Field at Doc Jacobs Complex.

For SNHU (1-6, 1-2 NE-10), senior Mike Ball (Salem, N.H.) recorded a game-high four goals and added two assists, while classmate Sean Ball (Salem, N.H.) chipped in with three goals and two helpers. Sophomore Keith Merluzzo (Billerica, Mass.) notched two goals and a game-high three assists, while classmate Marc Novaco (Chelmsford, Mass.) added two goals and an assist. Senior Dustin Latham (Penacook, N.H.) also scored for the Penmen, while freshman Brendan O'Brien (Hopkinton, Mass.) stopped 20 shots to win his first collegiate decision.

For Saint Michael's, junior Charles Seelinger (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) netted a team-best three goals, while senior Bryan Zaremba (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) added a goal and an assist. Senior Jake Previte (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset), juniors James Baghai (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and Charlie Niznansky (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe), and freshman Andrew Buccellato (Glen Rock, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) all added goals for the Purple Knights, while junior Zach Jandl (Brookline, N.H./Vermont Academy) recorded nine saves in defeat.

Saint Michael's led early, 2-1, on a pair of scores by Seelinger. The Penmen, however, scored the last two goals of the opening period to take the lead for good after one quarter, 3-2, and netted four of the first five goals of the second period to stretch their lead to 7-3. The Purple Knights cut their deficit to 7-5 at halftime, but three unanswered goals by SNHU to start the second half - two by Sean Ball, and one by Mike Ball - gave the visitors a game-high five goal advantage, 10-5, and the Purple Knights pulled no closer than three goals after that.

SNHU sophomore Gary McKay (Billerica, Mass.), who took all 24 faceoffs in the contest, won 17 to aid the Penmen's attack. Saint Michael's held a 22-12 advantage in ground balls, and a 46-30 edge in shots.

Saint Michael's returns to action on Friday, as the Purple Knights host league-rival American International College for a 4 p.m. contest. SNHU next plays on Saturday at Bentley University at 1 p.m.