Sweeney's man-up goals spark No. 16 men's lacrosse to victory

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Patrick Sweeney scored three man-up goals for the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team in Tuesday's 10-4 victory over Saint Michael's College.

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The Hawks, ranked 16th in NCAA Division II by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, improve to 7-3 overall on the season, having won six of its first nine Northeast-10 Conference fixtures. Saint Michael's falls to 4-8 overall and to 1-8 against league foes.

Sweeney's three man-up goals make him the first Hawks student-athlete to accomplish that feat since Ryan Henry did so on Apr. 30, 2011 against American International. Junior Anthony Busconi and freshman Matt Ward fired home two goals and tallied as many assists. Junior Xavier Quinn, senior Drew Bourdeau and freshman Ryan Richards rounded out the goal scoring with single strikes.

Freshman Thomas Mapstone led the defensive corps with six ground balls while classmate Allen Jarabek won six of the 12 draws he took. Junior netminder Nick Richard stopped a career-high 15 shots on the day.

Sweeney's first man-up goal of the day came only 19 seconds into the second quarter, finishing off a 4-0 scoring run by the Hawks to open the game. Saint Michael's scored an unassisted goal under three minutes later before the Hawks, sparked by Sweeney's second extra-man goal, rattled off four-straight tallies once again.

Saint Michael's scored twice to close the first half, but the Hawks would score twice more in the second half to close the game.

The Purple Knights had four goal scorers – the visitors were led defensively by Johnny Karanasios and his two caused turnovers. The tandem of Jake Sonberg and Dominic Joy combined to allow 10 goals on 19 shots.

The Hawks head to Assumption this Saturday, Apr. 21 for a 4 p.m. showdown with the Greyhounds.