NEWTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team will be represented at the annual New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All-Star Game on Friday, June 1 on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. in SNHU's Penmen Stadium.
Senior Ryan Hesseltine will join classmate Drew Bourdeau in the field of 50 student-athletes from across New England. The game will feature the top graduating student-athletes from Division I, II and III. All players and coaches were nominated by their respective coaching staffs and selected by a committee.
"The NEILA recognizes these terrific student-athletes for their accomplishments over their entire playing careers. To be selected for the East-West All-Star game means that you have been a star not just this year, but throughout your four years in New England collegiate lacrosse," said Tim Murphy, the Head Coach of Curry College and the coordinator of the East-West All-Star team selection.
Hesseltine completed his senior season with exactly 50 points of offense, scoring 27 goals and adding 23 assists for the Hawks. Prior to his breakout campaign, Hesseltine had combined for 33 points of offense (23-10=33) and set career-high marks in virtually every offensive category in 2018.
A key cog for the Saint Anselm offense, Hesseltine also added 33 ground balls and started all 16 games. He finished his career riding a nine-game point streak, pouring home 18 goals across that span to help the Hawks to the NCAA Tournament.
Bourdeau, a Third Team All-America selection by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), was a mainstay for the Hawks across the previous four seasons. 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.