No. 11 Saint Michael's tops conference rival Saint Anslem with 13-5 victory
COLCHESTER, Vt. -- No. 2 Saint Michael's recorded its sixth consecutive victory with a 13-5 win against Saint Anselm in Northeast-10 Conference action on Wednesday at Duffy Field. The Purple Knights improved to 7-2 overall and 6-0 in league, while the Hawks fell to 2-7 and 2-5.
Senior Pete Donnally scored five goals for Saint Michael's. Classmate Max Zuccarni notched three goals and an assist, while junior Tim McDonald had a pair of markers. Junior Cooper Quenneville totaled a goal, two assists and four ground balls, senior Marty Vanzo finished with a goal and an assist, and classmate Asa Sargent scored a goal.
Sophomore Luke Solms recorded career highs of six ground balls and six caused turnovers, while junior Chris Casserly notched five ground balls and went 7-for-13 on draws. Senior Evan White and junior Sean Smith each picked up four ground balls, and junior Chris DeMairo made 11 saves.
Sophomore Geoff Kennedy finished with a goal and an assist for Saint Anselm, while senior James Brine scored a goal and had four ground balls. Junior Jake Mallinson and sophomores Andy Budz and James Peters picked up a goal apiece. Junior Andrew Messner posted two assists. Junior Matthew Steele totaled seven ground balls and won 10 face-offs, while senior Jonathon O'Reilly stopped eight shots.
Donnally and Sargent scored consecutive goals for the Purple Knights in the opening 5:56 before the Hawks tallied with 7:46 remaining in the first to cut the hosts' advantage to one. Zuccarini added a man-up goal with 5:45 left in the quarter, and Donnally scored with 1:10 to play to extend the Saint Michael's lead to 4-1 after one.
After Saint Anselm scored 2:29 into the second period, the Purple Knights netted the next five goals during a 5:58 stretch to increase their advantage to 9-2. The Hawks converted three of the next four goals to move to within five, but Saint Michael's notched three tallies in the final frame while holding the visitors scoreless.