WATERBURY, Conn. – Junior Patrick Sweeney of the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team scored a team-leading seven points of offense to help the Hawks to a convincing 19-2 victory over Post University on Saturday.
Saint Anselm, ranked 18th nationally in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, moves to 1-0 on the young season. Post remains in search of its first victory of 2018, falling to 0-5. The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Mar. 14, hosting LIU Post at 4 p.m. in the home opener at Grappone Stadium in Manchester, N.H.
Sweeney equaled a career-high mark on Saturday, tallying seven points off of five goals and two assists to reach 50 career goals in only 29 contests since 2016. Junior Ryan Hesseltine recorded a career-best seven points for Saint Anselm scoring four goals and three assists (4-3=7) to set career-high marks in all three statistics. He also added eight ground balls.
Sophomore Matt Cullinan and freshman Matt Ward posted three goals and an assist for four points (3-1=4). Freshman Ryan Melley had an impressive debut for Saint Anselm at the "X", winning 15-of-19 draws and securing six ground balls.
Ward scored his team's first goal of the season only 1:16 into the contest. Sweeney then added back-to-back markers before Post got on the board with 1:17 left in the first quarter. The Hawks then fired off six-straight goals heading into halftime with Sweeney leading the way with five goals and two assists, factoring into all but three of his squad's tallies.
Saint Anselm scored the first five goals of the second half as junior Anthony Busconi found twine twice, cashing in with a man-up goal as well during that timeframe. After Post's second strike of the game with 16:20 left in regulation time, the Hawks scored the final four goals of regulation time, all of them coming with the extra man.
Junior Nick Richard made his first career start for Saint Anselm, halting six of eight shots on net to earn the victory. Freshman CJ Hart relieved Richard in the fourth quarter, making a team-leading seven saves in the game's final 12:56 of play.
Giorgio D'Angelo faced 44 Hawks shots on net, yielding 19 goals while making 25 saves in his team's loss.