NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team was toppled by the second-ranked Warriors from Merrimack College on Tuesday under the lights at Merrimack Stadium by a 17-9 score.
Saint Anselm sees its overall record evened up at 3-3 with the result, falling to 2-3 against Northeast-10 Conference play. Merrimack entered play as the second-ranked team in NCAA Division II and improves to 7-1 overall on the year – the Warriors are 4-1 in league play with their only loss coming to current top-ranked Le Moyne.
Sophomore Patrick Sweeney and freshman Griffin Shoemaker picked up three goals apiece and six other Hawks recorded at least one point on offense. Matt Ward registered a goal and an assist for Saint Anselm.
Merrimack overwhelmed Saint Anselm to start the game, building a dominant 11-1 lead through the game's first 19 minutes of play. In the first half alone, the Warriors won all but one of the game's 20 face-offs and controlled the ground game, securing 28 ground balls and limiting the Hawks to only 10 through the first 30 minutes of action.
Saint Anselm answered with three-straight goals, slowing the hosts momentum with a tally from Ward and back-to-back strikes from Shoemaker. Across a 17-minute timeframe between the second and third quarters, the Hawks scored seven goals and limited Merrimack to only three markers but the early damage had been done.
Hawks netminder Nick Richard drew the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year after allowing 12 goals on 15 shots. Freshman CJ Hart had a strong game in relief, making eight saves on 13 shots against. Merrimack's Peter Brown made three saves on 12 shots, improving to 5-1 on the year.
Charlie Bertrand had four goals for Merrimack and Sean Black assisted five Warriors goals. Blake Boudreau won 24-of-28 face-offs for the home team.
Saint Anselm heads to American International College this Friday, Apr. 6 for a 7 p.m. tilt against the Yellow Jackets in Springfield, Mass.