MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Drew Bourdeau and junior Anthony Busconi of the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team secured All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Friday.
Bourdeau earned placement on the Third Team as a defenseman while Busconi was a Second Team selection as a midfielder. They become the second and third USILA/Nike All-America picks in team history, following Kevin DeBenedetto '10 who was a Second Team selection following the 2010 campaign.
A mainstay for the Hawks on defense across the prior four seasons, Bourdeau recently earned his third New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-Region nod. A key cog in the nation's 15th-best scoring defense (8.38), Bourdeau has caused 16 turnovers on the season and picked up 37 ground balls while potting his first goal since the 2016 season.
A two-time All-NE10 choice, Bourdeau started 56 of his 57 games for the Hawks over his four-year career. He totaled 129 ground balls and 62 caused turnovers while also scoring a pair of goals. His play helped Saint Anselm improve from 2-11 in his freshman season of 2015 to 11-5 in 2018. He has also earned Academic All-New England honors and was the Saint Anselm nominee for the Northeast-10 Conference's Man of the Year award.
Across 16 games this past season, Busconi has potted 38 goals and added 13 assists to lead the team with 51 total points (62-33=95). A valuable offensive weapon for the Hawks, Busconi has yielded at least three points of offense in eight of his last nine 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 seventh in the league in point production, his six man-up goals ties him with Sweeney for the team lead while also ranking third in the conference in that statistic. Across 32 career games played for the Hawks, Busconi has scored 62 goals and 33 assists for 95 points (62-33=95) while adding 51 ground balls and causing nine turnovers.
Ranked 17th in NCAA Division II by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, the duo helped Saint Anselm to post the most victories in one year against Division II opponents. The Hawks also secured their first-ever win against the nation's top-ranked team, defeating Le Moyne in the NE10 Semifinals.
The Hawks also posted the nation's 15th-best scoring offense (12.63) and scoring offense (8.38), ranking 18th overall in points per game (19.31). The squad set the program record in goals scored (202) and tallied 309 points (202-107=309) as a team, the second-most in a single season.