PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The #17-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team came up just short in an 11-8 setback to #9 Pace University on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Pleasantville, N.Y.
The Hawks had their four-game winning streak snapped to drop to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the NE10. Pace improves to 5-1 and 3-1 in conference games with the win.
Patrick Sweeney registered a hat-trick to lead the Saint Anselm offense, while Anthony Busconi also had three points with a goal and two assists. James Righini, Alex Pacitti, Ryan Hesseltine and Xavier Quinn netted the other goals for the Hawks.
Lucas DeAngelo stopped 11 shots in the setback to go with five groundballs and a caused turnover. Derrick LaBranche scooped up seven groundballs of his own to go with three caused turnovers, while Chris Tully also caused three turnovers and grabbed three groundballs.
Pace was led by two goals and three assists from Bradley Paterson, with Wyatt Barfoot adding two goals and two assists. Robert Beshlian backstopped the Setters to their fifth win of the season while making 13 saves.
The Setters opened the scoring with 10:40 to play in the first quarter as Matthew Simone found the back of the net to give Pace an early 1-0 lead. Patrick Sweeney answered for the Hawks at the 5:59 mark to knot the game at 1-1, and that would be all of the offense in game's first period.
Oliver Ouellet found Xavier Quinn for a goal only 21 seconds into the second quarter to give Saint Anselm its first lead of the contest. The two teams traded goals over the next few minutes until back-to- back tallies from Barfoot and Simone gave the Setters a 4-3 lead with 3:25 to play in the half. Busconi and Sweeney hooked up for a goal that tied the game at 4-4, but Pace's Liam Brennan scored with 23 seconds remaining in the quarter to give the home team a 5-4 lead at the half.
The Setters carried the momentum into the third quarter, scoring three-straight goals to open the period and take an 8-4 lead with 6:06 to play. With 1:08 remaining in the third quarter, James Righini found the back of the net on a feed from Busconi that trimmed the deficit to 8-5 headed into the final period.
Pace's fourth man-up tally of the day opened the fourth quarter as the Setters jumped back on top 9-5 on a goal from Paterson. Anthony Busconi and Ryan Hesseltine netted two-straight goals to get the Hawks back to 9-7, but Pace answered with back-to-back goals, including their fifth man-advantage goal of the day, to extend their lead back to 11-7.
Sweeney would add one more goal with 2:38 to play to give the game its final score of 11-8.
Pace held a slight 46-41 edge in shots in the game as well as a slim 40-39 advantage in groundballs. The Hawks committed only 16 turnovers to 17 for the Setters, while Saint Anselm also won 11 face-offs to 10 for the home team. Pace went 19-for-20 on clear attempts compared to an 18-for-23 showing for the Hawks.
The difference in the game came down to having an extra attacker as Pace went 5-for-7 on the man advantage compared to 0-for-4 for Saint Anselm.
The Hawks return to action on Wednesday night when they host #6 Adelphi University at 7:15 p.m. in a rescheduled game from March 15.
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