No. 20 men's lacrosse holds off Franklin Pierce, 17-11

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior attackman Xavier Quinn paced the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team with four goals, helping the Hawks to a 17-11 victory over Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at Grappone Stadium.

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Saint Anselm, ranked 20th in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division II Coaches' Poll, improves to 2-1 on the year while winning its first Northeast-10 Conference fixture of the season. Franklin Pierce lost its first game of the season, falling to 4-1 and to 1-1 against league foes.

Quinn potted a career-high four goals and senior Ryan Hesseltine dished out a personal-best four assists. Junior Patrick Sweeney struck for two goals of his own, adding an assist, and sophomore Anthony Busconi cashed in with a hat trick and one assist. Freshmen Griffin Shoemaker and Ryan Richards each scored twice for the Hawks - the latter scored his first collegiate goal in the game.

The Hawks were led defensively with three caused turnovers by both Derrick LaBranche and Drew Bourdeau. Freshman Thomas Mapstone picked up a team-best four ground balls and classmate Allen Jarabek, in his first collegiate game, picked up three ground balls.

The Ravens and Hawks traded goals to begin the game, playing to a 2-2 score with only 7:19 to go in the first stanza. Quinn and Shoemaker scored goals within one minute of each other, giving Saint Anselm a lead it would not relinquish.

Saint Anselm put the game out of reach in the second quarter, outscoring the Ravens by an 8-to-1 margin heading into the break with a lead of 12-4. Franklin Pierce scored five of the game's seven third quarter goals, but the eight-goal second period for the Hawks proved to be the difference-maker in the contest.

The Hawks scored three goals in the fourth quarter, maintaining a lead throughout the rest of the game.

Saint Anselm outshot the Ravens by a slim 46-to-45 margin but Franklin Pierce held the edge in ground balls, 35-to-23. The Hawks were overwhelmed at the "X", losing 22-of-32 face-offs, but Saint Anselm took advantage of 19 miscues by the Falcons and were successful on all but two of its 19 clearance attempts.

Junior backstop Nick Richard earned his second victory of the year, turning aside 11-of-22 shots that he faced. Franklin Pierce netminder Justin Lorenzo, the reigning NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week, allowed 17 goals on 28 shots against to record the loss.

Jack Carney scored four goals to lead Franklin Pierce. Benjamin Lassow scored three goals and an assist. Louis Palumbo won 21-of-31 face-offs for the Ravens.