MANSFIELD, Mass. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team was well represented on the Northeast-10 Conference Men's Lacrosse All-Conference list released on Thursday.
Junior midfielder Anthony Busconi was named to the league's First Team while classmate Patrick Sweeney and senior Drew Bourdeau were Second Team selections. Freshmen Thomas Mapstone, Griffin Shoemaker and Matt Ward earned placement on the conference's All-Rookie team.
Saint Anselm, the 17th-ranked team in NCAA Division II according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), led all NE10 programs with three All-Rookie selections. The six student-athletes honored with Thursday's announcement have helped the Hawks set a team record with 10 wins against NCAA Division II opponents this season.
Across 14 games this season, Busconi has potted 34 goals and added 13 assists to lead the team with 47 total points (34-13=47). A valuable offensive weapon for the Hawks, Busconi has recorded at least three points of offense in each of his last seven games – this total includes a six-point performance against No. 9 Pace on Apr. 11, his team's first win over a top-10 program since the 2012 campaign.
Ranking 11th in the league in point production, his six man-up goals ties him with Sweeney for the team lead while also ranking second in the conference in that statistic. Across 30 career games played for the Hawks, Busconi has scored 58 goals and 33 assists for 91 points (58-33=91) while adding 45 ground balls and causing eight turnovers.
Sweeney has set career-high marks in goals (33), assists (13) for the Hawks, crossing the 100-career point threshold last time out against Saint Rose. Earning Second Team All-NE10 honors for the second-straight season, Sweeney has recorded at least one point in each game on the season and matched his career-high with seven points against the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
Additionally, Sweeney is riding a point-scoring streak that dates back to last season – across his previous 19 games, he has recorded at least one point of offense with totals of 40 goals and 15 assists for 55 points (40-15=55). Across a 42-game career on the Hilltop, Sweeney has scored 78 goals and posted 25 assists for 103 total points (78-25=103).
A mainstay for the Hawks on defense across the prior four seasons, Bourdeau earned his third All-Conference nod with Thursday's announcement. A key cog in the nation's 14th-best scoring defense (8.21), Bourdeau has caused 15 turnovers on the season and picked up 33 ground balls while potting his first goal since the 2016 season.
He has reeled in at least one ground ball in each of his last nine games, including a season-high of six against No. 2-ranked Merrimack on Apr. 3. Entering Friday's contest against Le Moyne, Bourdeau ranks 10th all-time with 125 ground balls since joining the team during the 2015 season.
Mapstone has seen action in all 14 games for Saint Anselm, causing 11 turnovers and picking up 37 ground balls to average 2.64 per game. Tied for 10th in the league in ground balls among non-faceoff specialists, he posted a season-best mark of six ground balls in back-to-back games against Bentley (Apr. 14) and Saint Michael's (Apr. 17). He caused a career-high three turnovers versus Saint Rose on Apr. 28.
Shoemaker played in all 14 games for the Hawks in his first season, scoring 15 goals and adding seven assists for 22 points (15-7=22). Scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal against Southern N.H. on Mar. 27, Shoemaker scored a season-high four goals and one assist for five points (4-1=5) against the Penmen.
Ward led all Hawks freshmen in point production, scoring 30 goals and adding 16 assists for 46 points (30-16=46). The first-year has tallied three points in each of the last eight games played and matched his career-high marks with five points in back-to-back games against Saint Rose. An efficient shooter, Ward has scored 30 goals on 68 total shots taken to rank third in the NE10 in shot percentage.
The Hawks will take on the nation's top-ranked team, Le Moyne, in the NE10 Semifinals on Friday, May 4 at 12 p.m. in Syracuse, N.Y.