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St. Joseph's Pulls Away from USM in Second Half for 10-6 Win

Senior goalie Zach Bessette made 11 saves against St. Joseph's (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior goalie Zach Bessette made 11 saves against St. Joseph's (file photo by Jason Johns).
Huskies Travel to Castleton University on Saturday

            STANDISH, Maine -- The Saint Joseph's College men's lacrosse team got hat tricks from three players as the Monks pulled away from the visiting University of Southern Maine in the second half for a 10-6 victory in a non-conference game Thursday evening at the SJC Athletic Complex.

            The win was the second straight for the Monks and improved their overall record to 3-4.  The visiting Huskies dropped their fourth straight game to slide to 1-4 on the season.

            Junior Michael Finn (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy), freshman Glenn Dion (Pembroke, N.H.) and senior Joe O'Reilly (Suffern, N.Y.) each scored three goals for the home side.  Finn and O'Reilly also dished out two assists.  Junior Tyler Retalic (Framingham, Mass.) added a goal and an assist.  Senior goalie Connor Trainor (Franklin, Mass.) made eight saves to earn his third win of the season.

            Freshman Cam Thibault (Scarborough, Maine) had two goals to lead the Huskies' offense, and classmate Derek Davidson (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) chipped in with a goal and an assist.  Senior goalie Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) stopped 11 shots.

            Southern Maine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening three minutes of the game on goals from Thibault and senior Nate DelGiudice (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee).

            Shortly after DelGiudice scored, the Monks got on the board on Dion's first goal.  O'Reilly tied the game at 9:04 converting a feed from Finn for a man-up goal.  O'Reilly and Finn scored in the latter stages of the quarter to give the Monks a 4-2 lead.  Senior Sam Fortin (Brunswick, Maine) pulled the Huskies within one scoring with 15 seconds remaining in the quarter.

            Both teams scored twice in the second quarter to make it 6-5 at halftime.  USM rookie Joe Cullinan (Contoocook, N.H./Hopkinton) tied the game at 4-4, and Davidson scored to make it 5-5.  Finn's goal with nine seconds to go in the quarter snapped the last tie to give the Monks the lead for good.

            O'Reilly had the lone goal of the third quarter, and the Monks put the decision to bed scoring the first three goals of the fourth quarter to expand their lead to 10-5.  Dion had two fourth-quarter goals.  Thibault's second goal of the game came in the final minute.

            Davidson had a good game at the center X winning 13 of 16 faceoffs and scooping up eight ground balls.  Rookie Robert Pini (Natick, Mass.) had seven ground balls to help USM win the ground-ball battle 33-29.  SJC senior Liam Skinner (Irving, Texas/Dallas Jesuit) had six ground balls and was credited with seven caused turnovers.

            Saint Joseph's had a 43-34 edge in shots and converted 3 of 7 man-up situations.

            Southern Maine is on the road again on Saturday (4 p.m.) traveling to Castleton (Vt.) University.  St. Joseph's looks to make it three in a row on Monday (7 p.m.) in a make-up game at Maine Maritime Academy.