MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team powered its way to a 24-5 victory over American International College on Friday at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks, ranked 20th in NCAA Division II by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, evens its record at 4-4 following the Northeast-10 Conference victory, moving to 3-3 against league foes. American International falls to 0-13 overall and to 0-8 versus league foes.
The Hawks fired 62 shots in the win, scoring at least 24 goals for the eighth time in program history. The Hawks also racked up 25 face-off victories and reeled in 61 of the game's 90 ground balls, forcing 11 turnovers on the day.
Saint Anselm had 18 student-athletes record at least one point on offense and were led by sophomore Matt Ward (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and his four goals. Senior Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.) had three goals and a career-high four assists for seven points (3-4=7) and the face-off tandem of sophomores Ryan Melley (Reading, Mass.) and Allen Jarabek (Fall River, Mass.) combined to post 19 ground balls.
The Hawks rattled off eight consecutive goals to begin the game, carrying a lead well into the second quarter. Saint Anselm settled for a 14-2 lead at halftime, paced by Ward's four-goal opening half. Saint Anselm kept up its strong offensive play, firing off 10 goals in the final 30 minutes while limiting the Yellow Jackets to only three second-half tallies.
Junior James Righini (Weymouth, Mass.) joined seniors Anthony Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) and Xavier Quinn (Rye, N.H.) with two goals and an assist. Sophomore Ryan Richards (Mendon, Mass.) potted two goals and sophomore Chandler Mancovsky (Lakeville, Mass.) struck for a goal and an assist. Sophomore Griffin Shoemaker (Shirley, Mass.) picked up a career-high seven ground balls.
Mancovsky and Melley joined freshmen Matt Rawding (Beverly, Mass.), Tommy Ackil (Southborough, Mass.) and Liam Burke (North Andover, Mass.) by talling their first collegiate goals in the convincing victory
Sophomore CJ Hart (Reading, Mass.) earned his first collegiate victory in goal for Saint Anselm, making two saves. Junior Jeremy Lewis (Needham, Mass.) produced a career-high two saves in relief, matching freshman Lance Pfeninger-Racine (Dartmouth, Mass.) who also made two stops.
The Hawks hit the road for three consecutive away games, playing seventh-ranked Pace on Wednesday Apr. 10 at 3:30 p.m.