MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team was ranked 11th by Inside Lacrosse last Monday in its 2019 Face-Off Yearbook. Additionally, two members of the Hawks roster were selected as Preseason All-America picks in the publication.
Senior Anthony Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) and classmate Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.) earned First and Second Team nods, respectively, while the Hawks collectively were selected 11th out of 15 programs in NCAA Division II. Busconi and Sweeney are the first selections by Inside Lacrosse since Andrew Messner '14 in 2014.
The Hawks wrapped up a spectacular 2018 season with an 11-5 overall record with the help of the nation's 15th-best scoring offense (12.63) and scoring defense (8.38). The squad knocked off the top team in NCAA Division II (Le Moyne) in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals and won its first postseason game since 2009, downing Saint Rose in the Quarterfinals.
The Saint Anselm offense churned out 202 goals on the season, a team record, and ended the season ranked 17th in NCAA Division II by the United States Intercollegiate Coaches Association (USILA). Head Coach Michael Sciamanna enters his fourth season at the helm of the Hawks men's lacrosse program and owns a 27-17 overall record.
Sweeney earned First Team All-Region honors by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) and drew Second Team All-NE10 honors after setting career-high marks in goals (36) and assists (13) for the Hawks. He crossed the 100-career point threshold against Saint Rose in a NE10 Quarterfinals tilt and recorded at least one point in each game on the season.
Heading into the 2019 season, he is riding a point-scoring streak that dates back to the 2017 campaign. Across his last 21 games, he has produced at least one point of offense with totals of 43 goals and 15 assists for 58 points (43-15=58). Across a 44-game career on the Hilltop, Sweeney has scored 81 goals and posted 25 assists for 106 total points (81-25=106).
A First Team All-Conference selection by the NE10, Busconi potted 38 goals and added 13 assists to lead the Hawks last season with 51 total points (38-13=51). A valuable offensive weapon for the Hawks, Busconi yielded at least three points of offense in eight of his last nine games, including 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.
He capped the year ranked seventh in the league in point production and his six man-up goals tied him with Sweeney for the team lead. 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.