MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) and junior Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) each scored four points as the Saint Anselm men's lacrosse team was dished a 15-10 loss from crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday evening under the lights at Larkin Field.
Mee tallied four goals, while Kennedy chipped in two each of goals and assists. The Hawks will drop to 2-6 overall with a 1-4 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Penmen pick up their second win of the season and improve to 2-5, 2-3 NE-10.
After Southern New Hampshire picked up a 1-0 lead 2:01 into the game, senior Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) leveled the score at 9:50 when he picked up a pass from Kennedy.
The Penmen added a pair to their score to close scoring in the first quarter, before the Hawks answered with two of their own to open the second. Kennedy found the back of the net for his first of the game, followed by a game-tying goal from sophomore Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.), making it a 3-3 game.
Southern New Hampshire gained back momentum, however, and sparked an 8-1 run, which brought the game to a score of 11-4 with 4:01 left in the third quarter. Senior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) disrupted the Penmen rally with a tally at 2:44, cutting the deficit to six at 11-5. Beginning with the strike from Messner, Saint Anselm ignited a run of its own to come within four at 13-9.
During the Hawk rally, Kennedy opened the final quarter with a goal just 43 seconds in, when he found junior James Peters (Medway, Mass.) to make it 12-6, before Mee scored twice and junior Charles Geraghty (Norwich, Vt.) also joined in on the scoring action during Saint Anselm's 5-2 run.
The Penmen scored two goals within 15 seconds of each other to extend their lead back to six at 15-9, before Mee potted his fourth of the night with 48 seconds left in the game to close scoring at 15-10.
Senior Matthew Steele (Ipswich, Mass.) was a force in the faceoff circle, going 20-for-28, while picking up nine ground balls. Sophomore Jake Stokes (Beverly, Mass.) grabbed six ground balls to his credit.
The Visitors held a 50-41 shot advantage, while sophomore goalie James O'Neill (East Walpole, Mass.) made 11 saves. The Hawks were 2-for-8 with the extra-man advantage, while Southern New Hampshire capitalized on 6-out-of-8 chances with the extra player.
The Hawks will return to action Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. when they play host to Franklin Pierce at Grappone Stadium. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.