WORCESTER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team, ranked 16th in NCAA Division II, sprinted out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back en route to a convincing 12-3 victory over the Greyhounds of Assumption College on Saturday.
The Hawks, ranked 16th nationally by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, have won five-straight contests to improve to 8-3 on the year. Saint Anselm moves to 7-3 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents while Assumption's overall record falls to 7-5 (5-5 NE10).
Senior Ryan Hesseltine fired home four goals and two assists for six points (4-2=6) while freshman Matt Ward continued his torrid stretch of offensive prowess, potting three goals and one assist for four points (3-1=4). Freshman Xavier Quinn and junior Anthony Busconi each notched two goals and as many assists.
The Hawks fired 42 shots in the game, limiting the hosts to only 24 on the day. Saint Anselm also forced Assumption into 14 turnovers on the day with 12 of them caused – Derrick LaBranche and Teo Olsen each caused three opponent miscues.
Quinn put his team on the board first, striking with only 1:46 expired in regulation time. Ward followed with back-to-back goals before Quinn closed out the first period with the game's fourth goal. Hesseltine scored twice in the second quarter, creating a 6-0 lead before Assumption closed the half with a man-up goal in the waning minutes.
The Hawks posted all five of the third quarters goals as Busconi and Hesseltine scored twice. Olsen created his team's first double-digit lead of the day, putting home an unassisted goal with 1:26 left in the third to create a 11-1 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Ward's third goal of the game was added insurance in the fourth quarter as Assumption scored twice in the final 15 minutes of play.
Hawks netminder Nick Richard earned the victory, making eight saves on nine shots. Freshman CJ Hart played the fourth quarter for the Hawks, yielding two goals on four shots. Assumption's Colby Hamwey made 13 saves on 25 total shots and was saddled with the loss.
Saint Anselm welcomes No. 12-ranked LIU Post to Grappone Stadium this Tuesday, Apr. 24 at 3:30 p.m.