Mass. College Lax: Hoyt Leads Mount Ida Past Anna Maria, 15-12

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse game:

Paxton, Mass. – Senior Jason Baker (Billerica, Mass.) poured in a game high six points (5 goals, 1 assist) but it wasn’t enough for the AMCATS as they dropped a highly contested men’s lacrosse match 15-12 to visiting Mount Ida College in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon at AMCAT field.

The AMCATS fall to 5-8 overall and 2-5 in conference action while Mount Ida moves to 7-7 (6-1 GNAC) on the season.

Joining Baker on the stat sheet was teammate Lucas Stralka (East Greenwich, RI) who added three goals and an assist for AMC and seniors Chris Summers (Long Valley, NJ) and Rod Henriques (Saugus, Mass.) who each tallied a goal and an assist. Sophomore Nathan Batallas (Baldwinville, Mass.) had a strong game on defense notching 6 ground balls on the day.

Mount Ida was paced by JT Hoyt’s (Westfield, Mass) five tallies, while sophomore Michael Trocchi (Danvers, Mass.) dished out five assists on the day. Freshman attack Michael Markevich (Westminster, Mass.) contributed a hat trick and junior Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, RI) had two goals and three assists in the win.

Mount Ida’s Phil Pichel scored with five seconds remaining in the first period to give the Mustangs a 3-2 advantage after one. Batallas and Stralka pushed across goals for AMC in the first fifteen.

Rosen and Hoyt would open up the scoring in the second frame for Ida, giving the Mustangs a 5-2 advantage, however AMCAT Jason Baker would notch a natural hat trick around a Markevitch goal to cut the deficit to 6-5. The Mustangs would poke in two late goals to maintain an 8-5 lead at the intermission.

The Mustangs would notch four unanswered goals in the first half of the third quarter to build a 12-6 lead. AMC’ s Stralka would fine freshman Scott Henry in the slot and then tip the twine himself to get the AMCATS within five at 12-7.

Trailing 13-7, Jason Baker would tally a pair of unassisted goals for the AMCATS to cut the lead to 13-9 with 8:34 to play. The team would trade a pair of goals and Chris Summers would score late for AMC for the 15-12 final.

Anna Maria returns to action on Tuesday night when they host Becker College in a GNAC match-up starting at 7:00pm. It will be senior night for Anna Maria.

Mass. College Lax: Summers Lifts Anna Maria Past Emmanuel, 11-10

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse game against Emmanuel College. Chris Summers netted the go-ahead goal for the AMCATS, who captured their first GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) victory against the Saints:

Paxton, Mass. – Senior Chris Summers (Long Valley, NJ) scored the game-winning goal with 45 ticks on the clock to give the Anna Maria College men’s lacrosse team a hard-fought 11-10 win over visiting Emmanuel College in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action on Tuesday night at AMCAT Field. With the win the AMCATS move to 3-6 and earn their first GNAC win of the season (1-3), while the Saints drop to 2-6 (0-3 GNAC).

Anna Maria received a pair of hat tricks from freshman Lucas Stralka (3goals, 1 assist) and senior Jason Baker (3 goals, 5 groundballs), while Scott Henry had a four point night (2 goals, 2 assists). Sophomore Nathan Batallas (Baldwinville, MA) notched a game-high six groundballs.

The Saints were paced by Jake Jaskolski who had three goals on nine shots on the day. Evan Dolber and Chris Curtis each added a pair and while Jake Pickett and defenseman Andrew Lawson each grabbed 6 ground balls.

The two teams combined for eight goals in the first fifteen minutes of play. Emmanuel found the back of the twine first when sophomore Jake Picket (Statham, NH) notched his first goal of the season. Anna Maria responded with a pair; Lucas Stralka (East Greenwich, RI) converted a pass from teammate Scott Henry and senior Jason Baker (Billerica, MA) added an unassisted goal for a 2-1 AMCAT lead. It was 2-2 just 14 seconds later when Evan Dolber (Malden, MA) scored for the Saints. After the teams traded goals Anna Maria closed out the half with two unanswered goals from senior Rod Henriques (Saugus, MA) and Stralka for a 5-3 advantage.

Emmanuel tightened up their defense in the second stanza, holding the AMCATS to just two shots on goal, while pelting AMCAT rookie netminder Joshua Giarratano (Warwick, RI) with seven. The Saint reeled off five straight goals in the quarter to hold an 8-5 lead at intermission. Sophomores Ryan Sabuda (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jake Jaskolski (St. Clair Shores, MI) and Dolber scored unassisted tallies while midfielder Jack Ruggiero (Manhasset, NY) dished out a duo to Chris Curtis (Ashland, MA).

The AMCATS held strong in the third period, outscoring the Saints 2-0 to cut the lead to 8-7 at the end of three frames. Henriques’ found Scott Henry in the slot at 11:26 and then added an unassisted marker at 5:58 to complete the scoring.

A man-up goal by AMC’s Baker at the 14:39 mark of the fourth period knotted the score at 8-8. Just seconds later Jaskolski would strike for Emmanuel to make it 9-8. Baker and Henry would score back-to-back markers to make it 10-9 Anna Maria with 11:02 to play. Emmanuel would respond one more time, Jaskolski scored at 7:31 off a feed from Chris Curtis to make it 10-10.

The game would remain scoreless over the next six minutes to set up the Summers’ heroics.

AMCAT goaltender Giarratano made 15 saves in the win while his counterpart Austin Lauzier posted five saves in the loss.

Anna Maria is now off for the Easter recess, they will return to action on Tuesday, April 2nd when they travel to Daniel Webster for a GNAC match-up at 4pm. Emmanuel will continue GNAC play on Saturday when they host GNAC foe Rivier University at 3:00 pm.

Mass. College Lax: Mass. Maritime Tops Anna Maria, 7-5

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse game against Massachusetts Maritime:

PAXTON, Mass.  – Anna Maria College senior Rod Henriques (Saugus, MA) notched a seasons-first hat trick, however Massachusetts Maritime Academy recorded a come-from-behind 7-5 victory in a non-conference men’s lacrosse matchup at a rainy, windy and cold AMCAT Field on Tuesday evening. The game marked the season opener for the Buccaneers who improve to 1-0, while the ‘Cats fall to 1-2 on the season.

Freshman Lucas Stralka (East Greenwich, RI) added a goal and an assist while senior Jason Baker (Billerica, MA) also found the back of the twine for the AMCATS.

MMA had a pair of players who tallied three-goals in the victory. Sophomores Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, NY) and Drew Prowse (Wakefield, MA) each netted hat tricks, and freshman Sean Staples (Norwell, MA) added two assists for the Buccaneers.

The two teams battled to a scoreless tie through the first ten minutes of the match before, with the man-advantage, Henriques took a feed from freshman Scott Henry (Warwick, RI) and found the back of the net to give AMC an early 1-0 advantage.

The AMCATS struck again four minutes into the second stanza for another power-play goal, as Jason Baker scored off a saucer pass from Stralka to extend the AMC lead to 2-0. Maritime potted the games next two goals of the second quarter as Freudenberg and Anthony Kurylak scored a pair of unassisted goals to even the score 2-2 at intermission.

The Buccaneers broke the game open in the second half scoring three unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead. Anna Maria was able to stop the bleeding when Stralka scored a nifty unassisted goal to cut the lead to 5-3 at the end of the third.

MMA extended their lead to 6-3 when Prowes scored his second of the night just seven seconds into the fourth quarter. Anna Maria answered just 40 seconds later with an Henriques unassisted tally. The teams traded goals late for the 7-5 final.

Freshman Joshua Giarratano, the reigning GNAC Goalie of the Week, performed well in net for AMC, making 13 saves in the loss. His counterpart Paul Painten had seven saves for his first win of the season.

The AMCATS will look to bounce back on Thursday when they host Nichols College at 6:00 pm.