MANCHESTER, N.H. – The #17-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team cruised to a 19-9 victory over #16-ranked Southern New Hampshire University on a wet Wednesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks improve to 7-4 overall and 6-3 in the NE10, while the Penmen drop to 8-4 and 6-4 in league games. Saint Anselm returns to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to #20-ranked Bentley University for a 4:30 p.m. matchup.
Lucas DeAngelo backstopped the Hawks to his seventh win of the season by making 13 saves on 20 shots faced. He got all the offense he needed from Alex Pacitti, who netted four goals and had two assists, while Patrick Sweeney added four goals and an assist and Mark Vitello scored four times.
James Olsen added two goals and two assists, with Matt Johnson and Ryan Hesseltine adding a goal and an assist each. Anthony Busconi had two goals and an assist, with Dylan Ryan rounding out the goal scorers with his ninth goal of the year.
Defensively, Chris Tully and Drew Bourdeau caused two turnovers and grabbed two groundballs apiece. Chris McCormack scooped up six groundballs while winning 11-of-28 face-offs in the win. Derrick LaBranche and Oliver Ouellet also added four groundballs apiece.
The Penmen were led by two goals and an assist from Corey Cairo, while Dan Malave also found the back of the net twice. John Miller and Daniel Trainor added a goal and an assist each as well. Matt McIntire suffered the setback in his first start of the year, allowing nine goals while making seven saves.
Saint Anselm fell into an early 2-0 hole as Zach Jacobs and Dan Malave scored back-to-back goals to give the Penmen an early 2-0 lead with 11:46 to play. The Hawks answered with four-straight goals, including a pair of man-up tallies from Sweeney and Vitello, while Pacitti scored twice in the final minute of the period to give Saint Anselm a 4-2 lead after one quarter.
The Hawks carried the momentum into the second quarter as Vitello squared twice to make it a 6-2 lead. SNHU ended the run when Keifer Heckman found the back of the net to cut the Saint Anselm lead in half, but three-straight goals from Olsen, Vitello and Ryan pushed the Hawk advantage out to 9-3.
SNHU would trim the deficit back to 9-5 on goals from Cairo and Trainor, but Sweeney and Pacitti each scored for the home team in the final :30 seconds of the half to make it an 11-5 lead at the break.
After a quiet nine minutes to start the third quarter, Saint Anselm scored three more times over a three-minute period to push their lead back to 14-5 with 3:46 remaining, and took a 14-6 lead into the final frame.
Saint Anselm put the game away for good in the opening seven minutes of the fourth stanza as Ryan Hesseltine, Pacitti, Sweeney and Anthony Busconi scored four-straight goals to extend the advantage to 18-6. The Penmen would score three of the final four goals of the game, but it was too little, too late as the Hawks cruised to the 10-goal victory over their cross-town rival.
The Hawks held a 60-45 advantage in shots in the game while grabbing 39 groundballs to 29 for the Penmen. Southern N.H. committed 25 turnovers to just 15 for the Hawks, but won 18-of-30 face-offs in the game. Saint Anselm was efficient on clears, going 19-for-22, and converted 4-of-7 man-up opportunities in the win.
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