MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team had a program record six players named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference Teams, it was announced by the league offices on Thursday morning.
Senior Alex Pacitti and junior Drew Bourdeau were each named to the All-NE10 First Team, becoming just the third and fourth players in program history to earn that honor. Seniors James Olsen and Mark Vitello as well as sophomore Patrick Sweeney were named to the All-NE10 Second Team, while freshman James Righini was selected to the All-Rookie Team.
"We are extremely proud of the men who were recognized by the NE10 as All-Conference players," said head coach Mike Sciamanna. "The NE-10 is the best conference in the country and to have six players selected to the All-Conference team is a truly special accomplishment."
"Individual awards are great however they would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of all 32 men in this program. Our goal this year was to make program history and this is just another example of how we were able to accomplish that goal," added Sciamanna.
Pacitti, who was named Saint Anselm's Senior Scholar Athlete and Charles J. Quinn Sportsmanship Award winner at last night's Celebration of Athletic Excellence, appeared in 14 games this season, registering 18 goals to go with seven assists for 25 points while adding 25 groundballs and four caused turnovers. The senior recorded a point in 12-of-14 games played this season, including five multi-point games for the Hawks. Pacitti recorded a hat-trick and added an assist in a 16-12 win over Saint Rose back on March 25, and he later scored four goals in back-to-back wins over Assumption and #16 Southern N.H.
Over his four year career, Pacitti appeared in 50 games, recording 43 goals and 19 assists for 62 points, while adding 46 groundballs and eight caused turnovers. This season, Pacitti set new career-highs in groundballs and caused turnovers, while his goals and assists totals were second only to his performance as a junior (21g, 8a, 29p).
Drew Bourdeau earns his first All-NE10 honor after being named to the NEILA All-New England Second Team a season ago. Bourdeau posted 43 groundballs this year to go with 20 caused turnovers, ranking third on the team in groundballs and second in caused turnovers. In the conference, Bourdeau tied for 18th in groundballs, while his 20 caused turnovers was the seventh-best mark in the NE10. He helped backstop a defense that ranked seventh in the NE10 in goals against average (10.07) and was third in the league in groundballs (505) and second in caused turnovers (134).
Mark Vitello was named to the All-NE10 Second Team as a midfielder for the second-straight season after registering 30 points on 23 goals and seven assists this season. Vitello's 23 goals ranked 23rd in the league and was the fourth-best total on the team. Vitello recorded a point in 12-of-14 games, including eight games with multiple points. The senior had three four-goal games this season, including a pair of five-point days in wins over AIC and #16 SNHU.
Over his four years, Vitello appeared in 50 games, scoring 62 goals and adding 16 assists for 78 points. In addition to his Second Team nod a season ago, Vitello also earned NEILA All-New England First Team honors, becoming just the 15th player in program history to earn that distinction.
James Olsen was the leading point-getter for the Hawks this season, scoring 26 goals and adding 16 assists for 42 points, while also adding 27 groundballs and eight caused turnovers. Olsen ranked 16th in the NE10 in goals, as well as eighth in both assists and points. The senior recorded a point in all 13 games he played this season, recording multiple points in 12-of-13 contests. Olsen had a pair of seven-point days, recording four goals and three assists in a win over Saint Rose, before scoring five goals and handing out two assists in a win over Assumption.
Olsen leaves the College having played in 46 games during his career, scoring 70 goals to go with 33 assists for 103 points. His 70 goals tie for 11th all-time, while his 103 points is the 15th-best mark in program history.
Patrick Sweeney, an All-Rookie Team selection last season, had an even better sophomore campaign as he scored 31 goals to go with six assists for 37 points, while adding 22 groundballs and nine caused turnovers. Sweeney ranked sixth in the conference in goals, and his 37 points tied for 15th in the league. The sophomore recorded a point in 12-of-14 games, including nine multi-point games, as well as a seven-goal game in a 16-5 win at Franklin Pierce back on March 28.
In his first year on the Hilltop, James Righini becomes just the seventh player in program history named to the NE10 All-Rookie Team. Righini appeared in nine games for Saint Anselm this season, registering four goals and two assists for six points. The freshman recorded his first two career points with a goal and an assist in a win over AIC, and he also added a pair of scores in a win over Franklin Pierce.
Saint Anselm finished the season at 8-6 overall for the second-straight season, posting a new program record for wins in the NE10 with seven conference victories. The Hawks qualified for the NE10 postseason for the second-straight season, falling in overtime to #5 Pace University, 12-11, on Tuesday night in the NE10 First Round.
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