Men’s Soccer Falls to Saint Michael’s, 1-0, in Catholic Cup Championship

McDonough, Gallo, and Branco named to 2016 Catholic Cup All-Tournament Team

Gallo, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, assisted in Branco's second goal of the Skyhawk's 4-0 victory over Saint Anselm 


MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 3, 2016) - The Stonehill men's soccer team fell in the Catholic Cup championship, 1-0, against Saint Michael's College Saturday afternoon in Manchester, New Hampshire.

With the loss, Stonehill (1-1) has now reached the Catholic Cup Championship three of the four years since the tournament started in 2013. Saint Michael's (2-0) has topped the Skyhawks twice in the championship match, with the last time being 2014 when the Purple Knights defeated Stonehill, 2-0.

As a result of a 1-1 weekend of play, three Skyhawks were named to the Catholic Cup All-Tournament Team. Junior Adam Branco (Naugatuck, Conn./Naugatuck) recorded two goals in two games and had eight of nine balls be shots on goal. Classmate Conor McDonough (Bridgewater, Mass./Cole & Cassidy) registered four saves with only one goal against him. Junior Matthew Gallo (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) tallied two shots on goal and one assist to round out the Skyhawks honorees.

The game remained tied at zero at the end of the first half as Stonehill had the advantage over Saint Michael's with a 12-4 shot comparison. The Skyhawks remained dominant as they continued to pester the Purple Knights in the box outshooting Saint Michael's 9-5 in the second frame.

With 5:02 remaining in the game, the Purple Knights' Nico Bared launched a free kick from midfield into Aaron DaCosta's zone giving him enough time to find the back of the net, putting Saint Michael's on top, 1-0.

Stonehill travels to South Nyack, New York to face Nyack College in a non-conference match-up on Wednesday, September 7 with a 4 p.m. start time.

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Catholic Cup All-Tournament Team
Assumption – Jason Lages, Brian Murray
Saint Anselm – Dan Kelly, Kyler Thayer
Stonehill – Conor McDonough, Matthew Gallo, Adam Branco
Saint Michael's – Aaron Costa, Nolan Villeneuve, Cole McIntire, and Brady Channell