Men’s lacrosse sees success

Robbie Sinibaldi ‘23 from the St. Michael’s College men’s lacrosse team runs through snow and Assumption College defenders on
his way to the net in Colchester on March 25. The Purple Knights defeated conference rival Assumption 14-12. PHOTO BY CASEY ARSENAULT

Brendan Looney | Sports Editor |

On Saturday, March 25, the St. Michael’s men’s lacrosse team defeated conference rival Assumption 14-12 at Duffy Field in Colchester. The tight contest signaled the Purple Knight’s fourth win of the season. Highlights from the action-packed game include a six goal performance by Drew Collins ’23, a goal and two assists from Ethan Hughes ’25, and nine saves by goalie Sean Reagan ’25. In addition, Cooper Wilson ’25 went 18-for-29 on faceoffs during the contest.

Another noteworthy statistic from this game is the 100-point milestone reached by Max Katavolos ’23, netted a goal and an assist during the matchup. Katavolos becomes only the 23rd player in Purple Knight’s history to reach this career mark.

St. Michael’s followed this win up with a road game at conference rival Le Moyne on Saturday, April 1. The Le Moyne Dolphins, ranked first overall in the NE-10 conference and boasting an undefeated record, posed a challenge to the Purple Knights.

St. Michael’s fought hard in the first half, heading into halftime with a 5-5 tie. However, the Dolphins upped their offense and pulled away from the Purple Knights with a 14-6 victory. The St. Michael’s men’s lacrosse team currently holds a record of 4-2 overall, with a conference record of 1-2.

To recap this electric start to their season, men’s lacrosse opened at Post University with a 15-10 victory. Goal scorers for St. Michael’s during this matchup include Drew Collins ’23, Max Katavolos ’23, and Sebastian Simonson ’25, who each racked up three goals, along with two goals from Alex Chirgwin ’23 and one goal from Ethan Hughes ’25.

They next played at Lake Erie College in Cleveland, OH, where they emerged with an 18-9 victory. Led by a career-high five goals from Sebastian Simonson ’25 as well as a career-high six assists by Drew Collins ’23, the Purple Knight’s offense had a dominant outing.

Their first loss this season came against conference rival Pace University. The Purple Knights put up a fight, however, scoring 11 goals to Pace’s 16. Following this tough end to their road trip, the Purple Knight’s opened up home field play with a dominant win against Bridgeport 25-6.

Team leaders for the match-up versus Bridgeport were Drew Collins ’23, who had seven goals and two assists for the Purple Knights, as well as two goals and a school-record-tying seven assists by Sebastian Simonson ’25. Other notable scorers for the Purple Knights include Max Katavolos ’23 who netted three goals and two assists, Dylan Morgan ’24 who netted two goals and three assists, Alex Chirgwin ’23 with one goal and two assists, as well as Stephen Deutsch ’26 and Teddy Rice ’25 who each had their first career goals.

Max Katavolos ‘23 rushes past two Assumption College defenders on March 25. Katavolos notched his 100th career point against Assumption, logging a goal and an assist
for the Purple Knights. PHOTO BY CASEY ARSENAULT

In addition to team performances, individual players have been recognized throughout the nation for their accomplishments. On March 19, Drew Collins ’23 was named to the USILA Division II Team of the Week. He was one of two players from the NE-10 Conference recognized for this achievement.

On March 26, Drew Collins ’23 was also recognized alongside Spencer Scardino ’24 on the NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll. On April 3, Cooper Wilson ’23 also received NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll acknowledgement. Additionally, Rocky Grillone ’24 was named as the NE-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

The Purple Knights hosted St. Rose on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. but the results of this game were not available before the Defender press deadline. The Purple Knights look to push their record to 5-2 overall, and their conference record to 2-1. The St. Rose Golden Knights are currently 3-8 overall, with a conference record of 1-3.