No. 11 St. Michael's wins seventh in a row, takes down No. 2 Adelphi 11-9
COLCHESTER, Vt. -- No. 11 Saint Michael's moved into a tie for first place in the Northeast-10 Conference with an 11-9 win against No. 2 Adelphi on Saturday at Duffy Field.
The Purple Knights, who have won seven consecutive contests, improved to 8-2 overall and 7-0 in the league, while the Panthers, who entered the game first in the NE-10, fell to 9-1 and 7-1.
Senior Max Zuccarini scored a career-high five goals for Saint Michael's, while junior Tim McDonald finished with a career-best four points, tallying two goals and two assists. Senior Marty Vanzo notched two goals and an assist to pass Bryan Barletto's 122 career-point record from 2003 for 10th in program history with 123 career points, while senior Pete Donnally finished with a goal to surpass Mike Boerma's record of 144 from 2008 and move into sole possession of third place on the program's career points list with 145 points.
Junior Evan Antolino had a goal and a pair of assists. Junior Cooper Quenneville recorded a career-best seven ground balls, sophomore Luke Solms had five caused turnovers and junior Chris DeMairo posted double-digit saves for the fourth consecutive time, finishing with 10.
Senior Nick Watson tallied two goals and an assist for Adelphi, which entered the game with wins in 16 of its last 17 games, including 13 consecutive regular-season conference wins. Senior Joe Celano scored twice, while junior Ikerson Hopper, sophomore Brian Prendergast and first-year Salvatore Tuttle each finished with a goal and an assist. Sophomore Joseph Sciara had a goal and eight ground balls, sophomore Jamie McAndrew scored, and junior Gregory Puskuldjian picked up eight ground balls. Graduate student Eric Janssen made nine saves in the opening half before senior Aidan Bennardo stopped seven shots in the second half.
After the Panthers netted the game's first marker 39 seconds into the first quarter, Zuccarini tallied back-to-back goals with 8:23 and 6:07 remaining in the period. Adelphi scored three of the game's next four goals to grab a 4-3 advantage with 8:10 left in the second. McDonald's goal with 6:02 left to play knotted the contest at four before the Panthers scored 45 seconds later to bring the score within one at 5-4. Vanzo found the back of the net with 36 seconds remaining in the first half to send the game to a five-goal tie at halftime.
Each team had a pair of goals in the opening 9:02 of the third quarter, and Adelphi took the lead with 5:08 to play in the period. Zuccarini scored 1:29 later before Adelphi tallied with 3:20 left in the third. Donnally's score tied the contest for the ninth and final time before Vanzo and Zuccarini scored 1:16 apart to help the Purple Knights move ahead 11-9 and take the game's first two-goal lead. DeMairo made two saves on six shots in the final 8:24, including one stop with two Purple Knights serving penalties around the 2:21 mark.