MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team, ranked 20th in NCAA Division II, picked up a 14-8 victory over visiting Bentley University on Saturday at Grappone Stadium.
Saint Anselm improves to 6-3 on the season, having won five of its eight Northeast-10 Conference games played to date. Bentley drops to 3-7 on the year after losing two of its last three NE10 contests. The Hawks have won five of the last seven games against the Falcons since Apr. 4, 2012.
Senior Ryan Hesseltine picked up three goals and three assists for the Hawks, tallying six points of offense (3-3=6). Junior Anthony Busconi fired home a team-best four goals for Saint Anselm, registering nine shots as the Hawks reached 50-plus shots as a team for the third time this season.
Freshman Matt Ward struck for two goals and an assist (2-1=3) and classmate Griffin Shoemaker scored twice. Freshman Sean Tomaszewski, freshman Allen Jarabek and junior Patrick Sweeney rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. Jarabek and classmate Thomas Mapstone recorded seven and six ground balls, respectively.
The Hawks sprinted out to a 3-0 lead through the game's first 14 minutes as Busconi struck twice, sandwiching a goal from Hesseltine. Saint Anselm would open up a 6-3 lead with 5:31 left in the first half, but Bentley would notch three-straight markers to draw even at six only 12 seconds into the secnd half.
A man-up goal by Busconi with 10:44 left in the third quarter sparked a scoring stretch for Saint Anselm, who scored two of the game's next three goals and never looked back. The Hawks defense also locked down the victory in the fourth quarter, not allowing a goal to the Falcons in the game's final 19:38 of play.
Junior netminder Nick Richard made nine saves on 17 shots, picking up his sixth victory of the year. Bentley's Michael Haggan made 15 saves but yielded 14 goals to the Hawks.
The Hawks honored its graduating senior student-athletes in a pre-game ceremony on Senior Day. Honorees include Hesseltine, Lucas DeAngelo, Thomas Powell, Derrick LaBranche, Oliver Ouellet, Aaron Palys, Noah Collins, John Maginnis, Drew Bourdeau and student assistant coach Michael Cullinan. Saturday's game program can be found by clicking here.
Saint Anselm hosts Saint Michael's this Tuesday, Apr. 17 at 5:30 p.m.