The Hawks Denied the Conference Championship By Bryant
May 8, 2021 –
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks men’s lacrosse team went into the NEC Final for the fourth time. The top-seeded Hawks were seeking the first conference championship. But they came up on the losing end of a 16 – 10 decision to the Bryant Bulldogs on Sweeney Field. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for Saint Joe’s who finishes the year with a 9 – 4 record.
The score was tied at 9 after a Ryan Doran goal for Saint Joseph’s with 1:06 to play in the third quarter. Bryant broke that tie four second later when Jacob Alexander won the faceoff and took it in on goal scoring for a lead the Bulldogs never relinquished. The goal started a five-goal outburst for Bryant over the next 8-plus minutes that SJU could not overcome. Saint Joe’s did not score again until the scoreboard showed 3:36 remaining in the game when Matt Bohmer scored to cut the gap to 14 – 10.
The game was somewhat even statistically, but the Bulldogs goal keeper Luke Caracciolo made 18 saves, 5 in the fourth quarter to help tip the game in the direction of Bryant. Hawks net minder Tucker Almany saved 11 shots.
Attackman Doran scored a team-best 3 goals for Saint Joseph’s. Midfielders Evan Campbell and Tucker Brown netted two goals each.
For the Bulldogs attackman Marc O’Rourke had a game-high 4 goals and 2 assists. Aidan Goltz and Kevin Groeninger both found the back of the net twice.
The championship eludes Saint Joe’s again.
Written By: Glenn Papazian