Monks Down Pilgrims, 13-8

Monks Down Pilgrims, 13-8

HENNIKER, N.H. – Saint Joseph's College (5-2) topped New England College (1-5), 13-8, in a non-conference men's lacrosse contest on Wednesday night.


The Monks built what proved to be an insurmountable lead in the first half as the Royal Blue carried a 10-4 cushion into intermission with the help of three goals from senior Michael Finn (Quincy, Mass.) and two apiece from sophomores Brendan Martin (Nashua, N.H.) and Shane Puleo (Nashua, N.H.).

Finn struck twice in the third quarter to extend the SJC advantage to 12-5 and the Monks withstood a late charge by the Pilgrims to claim the 13-8 triumph.


SJC sophomore Logan Skinner (Irving, Texas) was outstanding in the victory with a career-high 17 saves while NEC netminder William Platt turned away 13 shots in the losing bid.


New England College held the lead in shots (47-36), ground balls (40-26), and face-off wins (17-7) while Saint Joseph's posted a 26-25 edge in shots on goal on the evening.


  • Finn led all players with five goals on eight shots with a pair of ground balls
  • Puleo scored twice with three assists
  • Martin added three goals and an assist with four ground balls
  • Freshman Troy Bottari (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with a goal and four assists
  • Senior Tyler Retalic (Framingham, Mass.) notched a goal and an assist
  • Senior defender Joseph Mooney (Kennebunk, Maine) picked up four ground balls with three caused turnovers
  • Junior face-off midi Shane Fors (Kalamazoo, Mich.) won seven face-offs and scooped up three ground balls
  • For NEC, Charles Hacking scored three goals while Austin Frankel (11) and Quint Bartush (6) combined to win 17 face-offs


Tonight's meeting between Saint Joseph's and New England College was the first-ever between the institutions' men's lacrosse programs.


The Monks kick off conference play Saturday with a 3:30 PM game versus reigning GNAC Champion Johnson & Wales University.




Follow Saint Joseph's Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

SIGN UP to receive email alerts about your favorite SJC teams!

Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at