March 15, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Wins Third in a Row with Important 10-3 Triumph at Saint Rose

Eric Vincens won eight faceoffs and scooped up six grounders for the Ravens

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 15, 2014) – Kevin Dargin (Littleton, Mass.) and Erik Kelly (Tewksbury, Mass.) each scored three times and assisted on another tally to lead the Franklin Pierce University men’s lacrosse team to an important 10-3 road win at Saint Rose on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Albany, N.Y.

The Ravens won their third in a row in improving to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Golden Knights dipped to 0-5 and 0-2 in league play.

Franklin Pierce dominated at both ends of the field all afternoon, as it scored the game’s first four goals on the way to 44 total shots, while limiting Saint Rose to just 18 attempts (only 11 on goal).

Casey Burnett (Windham, N.H.) joined Dargin and Kelly as multiple goal scorers, as he dumped in a pair, while Alex Connolly (West Newbury, Mass.) and Nick Bradshaw (Westbury, N.Y.) each added one marker. The Ravens logged double-digit shot attempts in each quarter, while holding the Golden Knights to just 10 shots over the first three quarters.

Eric Vincens (Ellington, Conn.) scooped up six ground balls to help lead the Ravens in their 41-24 edge in grounders. Goalie Don Denman (Exeter, N.H.) stopped eight shots, and collected eight grounders himself to earn the win to run his record to 3-1 on the year. Dylan Leone (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Gary Pace (White Plains, N.Y.) caused three and two turnovers, respectively, to help guide the Ravens’ stingy effort on defense all afternoon.

Dargin got the blitz started a little more than a minute into the game with his first goal, while Bradshaw and Burnett each pumped in a tally in the latter stages of the first quarter to put the Ravens up 3-0 after one.

Kelly threw in a blast in the opening minute of the second quarter, and added another marker on the extra-man opportunity with 4:59 remaining to give Franklin Pierce a 5-1 lead at halftime.

Dargin, Burnett, and Kelly poured in three-straight goals over a four-minute span midway through the third to open up an 8-1 advantage, while Connolly added a strike early in the fourth to make it an eight-goal advantage for the Ravens.

Bret McAuliffe scored twice to pace Saint Rose, while Evan Helming added the other marker. Joe Shapiro got hammered for all 10 goals in suffering the loss to fall to 0-5 on the year.

Franklin Pierce returns to action next Saturday when the Ravens travel to New York to face Adelphi at 4 p.m.

For more information on Franklin Pierce men’s lacrosse, please visit the team’s page at http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu. To follow the program even further, please visit Franklin Pierce Athletics on YouTube (www.youtube.com/FranklinPierceSports), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FPUathletics) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens). Fans wishing to purchase Franklin Pierce men’s lacrosse apparel can do so on the athletic department’s online store at http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu/store(.)

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