GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Junior Patrick Sweeney paced the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team with a goal and two assists during Saturday's 15-8 loss to nationally-ranked Adelphi at Motamed Field.
Saint Anselm, the 17th-ranked team in NCAA Division II by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, falls to 1-1 on the season while Adelphi, ranked ninth by the organization, improves to 3-1 on the year and to 2-0 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents.
Sweeney reached 50 career goals in the loss, chipping in with two assists. Freshman Matt Ward fired home two goals, matching senior Ryan Hesseltine and his goal output. James Righini, Xavier Quinn and Aaron Palys rounded out the scoresheet for the Hawks.
Adelphi stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, firing home two man-up goals to create a large advantage early. Saint Anselm tied the game with four-straight of their own as Ward and Hesseltine potted two apiece, including three-straight in the final 1:50 of the first quarter.
Nine-straight goals by Adelphi doomed any chance of a victory for the Hawks. Righini was set up by Sweeney with 7:13 left in the third quarter, snapping the extended scoring streak for the hosts, but Adelphi potted a man-up goal to further its sizeable lead.
Palys, Sweeney and Quinn rounded out the scoring for Saint Anselm, striking with the last three goals of the game to shrink the Hawks final scoring deficit to seven.
Nick Richard drew the loss in goal for Saint Anselm, allowing 15 goals on 24 total shots. Brendan McDougal earned his third win of the year for Adelphi, halting seven of 13 shots that he faced before yielding to Kevin Rice. The latter made three saves on five shots in 5:30 of relief.
Derrick LaBranche led the Hawks with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. Saint Anselm ended the game with a 38-to-34 advantage in shots taken but Adelphi picked up 35 of the game's 60 loose balls. The Panthers also took advantage of five Hawks penalties, scoring three goals with the extra man.
Ian Kirby paced Adelphi with four goals and one assist for five points (4-1=5).
The Hawks host Franklin Pierce next Saturday, Mar. 24 at 12 p.m. in Manchester, N.H.