SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team was toppled by top-ranked Le Moyne College on Saturday in a Northeast-10 Conference regular-season fixture at Ted Grant Field.
The Hawks, ranked 20th in NCAA Division II by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, fall to 3-3 on the year and to 2-2 against NE10 opponents. Le Moyne, the seventh-ranked program in the nation, fired 62 of the game's 85 shots in the first meeting after Saint Anselm ousted the No. 1 Dolphins from last season's NE10 postseason.
Senior Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.) scored two goals for the Hawks, becoming the fifth student-athlete in team history to reach 100 for his career since Chris Murphy '09 accomplished the feat in his senior season. He ranks seventh all-time with 132 points on offense, potting 101 goals and 29 assists since his debut in 2016.
Senior Nick Richard (Hampstead, N.H.) made a career-high 18 saves for Saint Anselm, keeping the deficit to only 10 goals. He has made at least nine saves in five of his six games this season, reaching double digits on four occasions. As a senior, Richard is averaging just over 11 saves per game, a career-high mark.
It was all Le Moyne in the first quarter as the hosts sprinted out to a 5-0 advantage before Sweeney's 19th goal of the year slowed the Dolphins momentum. Le Moyne cruised into halftime with a commanding 9-3 lead, potting four of the final six goals of the first half.
The Hawks cut the lead to 10-5 with goals from senior Xavier Quinn (Rye, N.H.) and sophomore Ryan Richards (Mendon, Mass.) in the third quarter, but Le Moyne fired off the final five goals of the game to earn the double-digit win over Saint Anselm.
Le Moyne, led by four goals and three assists from Riley Larson, won 19 of the game's 23 face-offs, firing 62 shots and limiting the Hawks to only 23 shots taken. The hosts also enjoyed a distinct edge in ground balls, 39-to-17, and forced the Hawks into 15 of the game's 27 miscues.
Riley Smith made 10 saves for the Dolphins in the victory, yielding only five goals.