RINDGE, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team defeated Franklin Pierce University 15-9 to earn their first win of the season on Thursday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Sodexo Field.
The Hawks, who are receiving votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II National poll and are 18th in the US Lacrosse Magazine Division II poll, improve to 1-2 and 1-1 in league play. The Ravens suffered their first loss of the year and are now 3-1 overall and 1-1 against NE10 opponents.
Senior Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.), who extended his point streak to 23 straight games, led the Hawks with seven goals. This is the second time in Sweeney's career where he has scored seven goals against Franklin Pierce, the last time coming during his sophomore season on Mar. 28, 2017 during a 16-5 win. He currently sits ninth all-time in career point scoring, cracking the top-10 list on Thursday (92-29=121). He sits eight goals shy of becoming the fifth student-athlete in team history to reach 100 career goals.
The Hawks took an early 1-0 edge thanks to a tally by Sweeney but Franklin Pierce rattled off four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead with under five minutes to play in the opening quarter.
That's when Saint Anselm responded with three goals in the final 2:12 of the first quarter. Senior Xavier Quinn (Rye, N.H.) began the rally, before Tomaszewski brought the Hawks to within a goal with 1:37 remaining in the opening stanza. Sophomore transfer Curtiss Vachon (Westminster, Mass.) tied the game with four ticks left on the clock in the quarter with his first goal in a Saint Anselm uniform.
Sweeney put the team on his back in the second quarter, scoring all four goals for the Hawks in the frame. Saint Anselm went into the half with an 8-5 lead.
The Ravens cut the deficit to a goal to start the third period thanks to a pair of goals by Domenic St. Laurent, but a man-up goal by sophomore Matt Ward (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pushed Saint Anselm's lead back to two with 6:04 to play in the frame. Sweeney and Busconi extended the Hawks lead to 11-7 to end the third quarter.
Busconi opened the fourth with a goal to up the lead to 12-5 with 10:49 to play in regulation but Franklin Pierce scored twice to bring the hosts back to within three with under 10 minutes remaining. That would be the closest the hosts would get as Tomaszewski, Busconi, and Sweeney rounded out the scoring for Saint Anselm for the 15-9 final.
Senior Nick Richard (Hampstead, N.H.) stopped 13 shots in net for the Hawks. Justin Lorenzo made 11 saves in net for the Ravens. Saint Anselm won 17-of-26 faceoffs, including a career-best 16 from sophomore Allen Jarabek (Fall River, Mass.). The Hawks also held a 42-37 shot advantage in the game and were successful on 17 out of their 22 attempts.
The Hawks return to the friendly confines of Grappone Stadium on Saturday, Mar. 23 when they host the Eagles from Post University at 4 p.m.