No. 17 men's lacrosse falls to top-ranked Adelphi in home opener

No. 17 men's lacrosse falls to top-ranked Adelphi in home opener

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team lost 17-7 in its Northeast-10 Conference home opener to top-ranked Adelphi University on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

Box Score

The Hawks, ranked 17th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division II poll, fall to 0-2 and 0-1 against NE10 opponents. The Panthers improve to 6-0 and 3-0 in league play.

Senior Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.), who extended his point streak to 22 straight games, led the Hawks with three goals and three assists while classmate Sean Tomaszewski (Arlington, Mass.) found the back of the net twice. 

The Panthers came out strong in the first, taking a 6-0 lead after the first stanza. Nicolas Racalbuto scored two of his game-high six tallies.

Saint Anselm broke up the shutout with just 3:07 gone into the second quarter. Sweeney received a pass from fellow senior Xavier Quinn (Rye. N.H) and found the back of the net to make it 6-1 in favor of Adelphi.

The Panthers closed out the half with a 6-0 run, with Racalbuto scoring four more, including twice with the man-advantage. 

Sweeney brought the Hawks deficit to 10 with 10:16 to play in the third quarter but Adelphi scored the last two goals of the quarter to build a 14-2 advantage into the final period of play.

Saint Anselm outscored the Panthers 6-3 in the final period. Tomaszewski scored twice, while Sweeney and sophomore Ryan Richards (Mendon, Mass.) scored. Freshman Jack Wells (Melrose, Mass.) rounded out the scoring with his first-career tally.

Adelphi controlled the tempo of the game, winning 22 of the 27 face offs in the game, including 21 from Mark Andrejack. The Panthers also held a 40-33 shot advantagel. Senior Nick Richard (Hampstead, N.H.) stopped 10 shots in net while sophomore CJ Hart (Reading, Mass.) made a pair of saves in just over 10 minutes in relief. Brendan McDougal earned the victory for the Panthers, stopping 12 of the 19 shots he faced. 

The Hawks continue NE10 play when they travel to Rindge, N.H. to take on Franklin Pierce University at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 21.