(Nashua, NH) The Rivier University Raiders (3-4, 0-3 GNAC) came up short, falling to the Emmanuel College Saints (4-3, 2-0 GNAC) 8-7. In a Great Northeast Athletic Conference match-up, the Raiders held a 4-3 lead at halftime and were ahead 7-5 with under five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but Emmanuel used a three goal surge to steal the win.
The Raiders were led by Sean Given (Freshman - Londonderry, N.H.) 3 goals, 2 assists, 2 ground balls, Tom Johnson (Freshman - Londonderry, N.H.) 2 goals, 4 ground balls, Kevin Dembkoski (Sophomore - Salem, N.H.) 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, and Danny Hooper (Senior - Wakefield, R.I.) 1 goal, 1 ground ball. Also making strong contributions for the Raiders were Kyle Graham (Sophomore - Londonderry, N.H.) 1 assist, 4 ground balls, Cody Lynch (Sophomore - Salem, N.H.) 1 assist, 10 ground balls, and Andrew Lucy (Junior – Windham, NH) 1 assist, 5 ground balls. Clark Plummer (Sophomore - Londonderry, N.H.) turned in another strong performance with 18 saves.
The visiting Saints were led by Kaile MacLean-Daley (Sophomore – Moretown, VT) 2 goals, 2 ground balls, Jake Jaskolski (Junior – St. Clair Shores, MI) 2 goals, Evan Dolber (Junior – Malden, MA) 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, Ryan Sabuda (Junior, Indianapolis, IN) 1 goal, 4 ground balls, and Chris Curtis (Sophomore, Ashland, MA) 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls. Also contributing for Emmanuel were Michael Rogers (Sophomore, New Haven, CT) 1 assist, 6 ground balls, Jake Pickett (Junior – Stratham, NH) 8 ground balls, and Brendan Gallagher (Freshmen, Solon, OH) 3 ground balls. Austin Lauzier (Junior, Bedford, NH) made 5 saves in goal.
With the loss, the Raiders fall to 3 – 4 on the season. The Raiders return to action on Wednesday afternoon, March 26th, when they face GNAC opponent Johnson and Wales University at 7:00 pm in a home contest. The Saints, climbing to 4 – 3 overall, will play another GNAC contest against Daniel Webster College in a home contest on Thursday, March 27th, at 7:00 pm.