BOSTON, Mass. – The Emmanuel College men's lacrosse team broke open a one-goal game by outscoring Johnson & Wales University 6-2 in the second half, propelling the Saints to a 10-5 victory in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action Thursday evening at Roberto Clemente Field. With the win, EC improves to 6-4 overall and stays perfect in GNAC play with a 4-0 mark while the loss drops the Wildcats to 3-6 and 1-2 in the GNAC.
Leading 3-1 after the first quarter, the Saints tacked on an early goal in the second stanza to make it 4-1 following a score following the opening faceoff. Junior long stick middie Nick DelMonaco (Billerica, Mass.) scooped up the ground ball of the face and went right to goal, depositing a shot give Emmanuel a three goal advantage with 14:46 to play in the first half.
Momentum shifted late in the quarter as Johnson & Wales cut the lead to one with the help of two scores before halftime. Freshman attack Max Stone (Burlington, Conn.) made it 4-2 with his 17th goal of the year with 2:03 left in the half before freshman Sam Sears (Baltimore, Md.) made it a one-goal game with his 15th goal of the year with only 47 seconds left in the half.
Emmanuel reset during the intermission and it showed in the first minutes of the third quarter. Junior middie Chris Curtis (Ashland, Mass.) scored his second goal of the evening to bump the lead to 5-3 with 13:32 to play in the quarter and just 17 seconds later, sophomore Tony Cibelli (Westboro, Mass.) made it 6-3 with his 21st goal of the year.
The Wildcats remained within striking distance with a tally by Anthony DeMarche (East Longmeadow, Mass.) to cut the lead to 6-4 with 4:28 to play in the third but the Saints answered as Cibelli worked his way to the net for his second goal of the quarter with 2:30 left to make it 7-4. EC freshman middie Charlie Moran (Maitland, Fla.) was able to add to the lead with just four seconds left in the third to increase the hosts lead to 8-4 and give Emmanuel the comfortable four-goal cushion heading into the final frame.
Another Curtis score 51 seconds into the fourth made it 9-4 and sophomore Donnie Litzleman (Stratham, N.H.) put the game out of reach with a man-up score with just over 10 minutes to play. The Wildcats added one for the road with 1:15 to play on a man-up score by Brian Hillenbrand to account for the 10-5 final.
Despite allowing 10 goals, Wildcat freshman goalie JC Guido (Miller Place, N.Y.) was sensational between the pipes making 18 saves on the game. EC senior goalie Austin Lauzier (Bedford, N.H.) earned the win making five saves for the Saints.
On the night, Emmanuel outshot Johnson & Wales 57-21 and held a 13-5 advantage on faceoffs.
The Saints return to action on Saturday, April 4 when they travel down the road for a COF matchup between Wentworth Institute of Technology at 12:00 PM. The Wildcats head to Lasell the same day for a 1:00 PM GNAC tilt.