SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – After back-to-back defeats to the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams in the country, the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team rebounded with a 19-4 road victory over American International College on Friday evening at Abdow Field.
Scoring on five of his six shots, junior Patrick Sweeney led the way with five goals on a night when nine players scored for Saint Anselm (4-3, 3-3 NE10). The win was the 20th in a row for the Hawks in the series against American International (1-11, 0-7 NE10), while the 19 goals matched Saint Anselm's season-high total.
Sophomore Matt Cullinan matched his career high with four points on two goals and two assists, while classmate Matt Ward tied his collegiate high with four points on three goals and an assist. Freshman Griffin Shoemaker, junior Anthony Busconi and freshman Tyler DuBien all scored twice, with Shoemaker adding an assist. DuBien's goals were the first of his collegiate career.
Saint Anselm rattled off the game's first 12 goals, holding American International scoreless until late in the second quarter. Six Hawks scored in the opening quarter as Saint Anselm opened up an 8-0 lead, with Sweeney and Busconi each scoring twice in the first 15 minutes.
Sweeney netted three times in the second quarter and Cullinan added a goal and an assist in the second to help the Hawks extend their lead to 12-0 with 4:43 left till halftime. Rawill Herrera scored a man-up goal to get the Yellow Jackets on the board with 2:11 remaining in the second, but Saint Anselm took a 13-2 lead into the break.
Freshman Sean Tomaszewski opened the third quarter with his first collegiate goal, scoring 3:03 into the frame. Tomaszewski's goal ignited a 5-0 quarter for the Hawks that included a pair of goals from Ward. The two teams combined for just three goals in the fourth quarter, with Cullinan getting the Hawks' lone goal of the fourth after 2:02.
Freshman Ryan Melley won 8-of-9 faceoffs for the Hawks and had four ground balls in the victory. Ten Saint Anselm players had multiple ground balls on the night to give the Hawks a 41-23 advantage in the category.
The Hawks forced 10 of the Yellow Jackets' 21 turnovers in the game and outshot the hosts by a 54-22 count. American International was just 1-for-8 with the extra man and Saitn Anselm capitalized on its lone man-up opportunity. Three goalies combined for six saves for the Hawks, while Jacob Ortiz had 14 stops for the Yellow Jackets.
Saint Anselm returns home to host fifth-ranked Pace University in a 4 p.m. start at Grappone Stadium on Wednesday, Apr. 11.