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Repeat: Saints Men’s Lacrosse Wins Second Straight GNAC Title


Photo courtesy of the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.

The Emmanuel College men’s lacrosse team entered Saturday’s Great Northeast Athletic Conference title game as the heavy favorites over the Mount Ida College Mustangs.

They left the game leaving no doubt as to why.

The Saints (13-4) offense scored early and often, frustrating the Mustangs (11-5) and their strong cheering section. This allowed the Saints to completely control the game from start to finish, as they cruised to a 13-6 victory at Clemente Field.

The Saints opened the scoring just over three minutes into the first quarter when sophomore Tony Cibelli scored an unassisted goal off a bounce shot from in close. Following the goal, the teams played strong defensively and it appeared we were headed for a defensive struggle. That was until junior Michael Donovan ripped home his 13th goal of the season from the left side of the box, putting the Saints up 2-0.

Cibelli scored his second of the game four minutes later before Donnie Litzelman scored what proved to be a backbreaker with eight seconds remaining in the quarter. After one, the Saints held a 4-0 lead.

The flood gates remained open to start the second frame, as goals from Justin Kelly, Jake Pickett, and a pair from Chris Curtis left the Saints ahead 8-0 halfway through the quarter. Right after Wyatt Sullivan put Mount Ida on the board, defender Chris Baglivi went end to end to beat Ida goaltender Cam Hayward on the stick side for his first collegiate goal. The teams each added another goal before the end of the quarter, and the Saints entered the half with a 10-2 lead.

After the break, the Saints kept the foot on the gas, as Baglivi, Donovan, and Curtis all added to their totals, giving the Saints a 13-2 lead after three quarters.

By the fourth quarter, Emmanuel started slowing the tempo and running the clock. Mount Ida added four goals in the quarter as they refused to go down quietly, but the Saints’ performance in the first three quarters helped them seal their second consecutive GNAC title.

Baglivi, Cibelli, Pickett, and Jake Jaskolski were named to the All-Tournament Team after the game. Pickett was named the tournament’s most valuable player. The senior face-off specialist, who entered the game with just one goal on the season, scored three goals in two games in the tournament and was 25 for 33 (75.8%) on face-offs.

The win earns the Saints an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. They will find out who they play on May 3.

Curtis Fraser ’16 is the Sports Editor for The Hub. He can be reached at

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