(Nashua, N.H.) The Rivier Men's Lacrosse team (8 – 9, 3 – 6 GNAC) dropped a hard fought GNAC Conference Lacrosse Playoff game 17 – 14 at Johnson and Wales University (12 – 6, 6 – 3 GNAC) yesterday afternoon. The loss brings the end of another strong season for the growing Rivier Lacrosse Program.
Johnson & Wales had built up a big lead after three quarters against Rivier, leading 15 – 7. The Wildcats needed that cushion as they fended off the Raiders' comeback in the 17-14 victory on Tuesday. Rivier mounted a massive 4th quarter push, scoring 7 unanswered goals over the first 12 minutes of the quarter to tighten the score to 15 – 14. The Raiders pulled to within one on a goal by Tyler Tambouris (JR, Hooksett, NH) with 3:12 to play. The Wildcats needed Sam Sears (Baltimore, Md.) and Bret Verderber (St. James, NY) to combine to score a pair of insurance goals to secure the win.
Rivier was led on the day by Tyler Tambouris, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 shots on goal, and 3 ground balls; Colby Larsen (SO, Windham, NH), 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots on goal, and 2 ground balls; and William Ryan (JR, Dorchester, MA), 6 goals, 2 assists, 12 shots on goal, and 1 ground ball. In goal, Matt Cloutman (SO, Peabody, MA) went the distance and had 16 saves on the day.
Johnson and Wales was paced by Ben Farrell, 3 goals, 2 assists, 7 shots on goal, and 3 ground balls; and Max Stone, 5 goals, 1 assist, 8 shots on goal, and 2 ground balls. The Wildcats were backstopped by 16 saves from Bradley Morris.
The loss ends the 2017 season for Rivier. This is the 5th season in a row under Coach Delanoy that the Men's Lacrosse Team has reached the GNAC Tournament. It is also the 4th year in a row that the Men's Lacrosse Program has finished the regular season at .500 or better, with an 8 – 8 overall record before entering the GNAC Playoffs.