PROVIDNCE, R.I. – The Emmanuel College Saints rolled to their seventh-consecutive victory on Tuesday evening with an 11-4 win over Johnson & Wales University in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's lacrosse action played at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex. The win boosts EC to 7-3 on the season and keeps the Saints unbeaten in conference play at 5-0. The Wildcats, competing in their first season of varsity competition, fell to 2-8 overall and 0-5 in the GNAC.
Junior Damian Bandereck (Topsfield, Mass.) tallied a pair of goals for Johnson & Wales, while sophomore Chris Macchi (Hastings-On-Hudson, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist in the setback for the Wildcats.
Emmanuel struck first when a goal by sophomore Michael Rogers (New Haven, Conn.) just thirty seconds into the game gave the Saints the 1-0. Emmanuel made the score 2-0 on a goal by sophomore Justin Kelly (Collegeville, Pa.) with 11:37 left in the first quarter. JWU responded and cut the lead to 2-1 on an unassisted tally by senior Keegan Donaher (Chelmsford, Mass.) with 11:10 on the clock in the opening stanza. The Wildcats then knotted the game at 2-2 when Macchi put in a pass from sophomore Tyler Thompson (West Chester, Pa.) with 3:28 left in the first. MacLean-Daley's first goal of the game with 6:12 left in the second period was the only goal of the period as Emmanuel took the 3-2 lead heading into halftime.
Emmanuel outscored Johnson & Wales by a 5-0 margin in the third quarter, including three goals from Maclean-Daley to take an 8-2 lead. Bandereck scored a pair of goals in the fourth quarter, but it would not be enough as Emmanuel held on for the 11-4 victory.
Senior Mike Russo (Chelmsford, Mass.) tallied 13 saves in the loss for the Johnson & Wales, while junior Austin Lauzier (Bedford, N.H.) had eight stops for Emmanuel.
The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, April 5th when they travel to Regis for a non-conference contest at 1:00 PM. Emmanuel plays at home this Friday night, April 4th, when the Saints host Mount Ida College in a 7:00 PM start.
- Courtesy of JWU Sports Information