PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team fell to ninth-ranked Pace University on Wednesday by a 16-15 margin.
Saint Anselm, the No. 20 program in NCAA Division II according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, falls to 4-5 on the season. All five of those losses have come to programs ranked in the top-10 in the country. Pace moves to 9-2 overall having won five of its first seven games in Northeast-10 Conference play.
Sophomore Sean Tomaszewski (Arlington, Mass.), classmate Matt Ward (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and junior Matt Cullinan (Fairfield, Conn.) each scored three goals and an assist to pace the Hawks. Senior Anthony Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) checked in with two goals, cracking the program's top-10 all-time scoring list with 80 career goals, and classmate Xavier Quinn (Rye, N.H.) tallied a goal and an assist.
Senior Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.), sophomore Allen Jarabek (Fall River, Mass.) and sophomore Griffin Shoemaker (Shirley, Mass.) added single goals in the losing effort. Junior Joseph Hartigan (Brookline, Mass.) caused four turnovers for Saint Anselm, leading student-athletes from both teams defensively.
Ward also reached 50 career goals in the loss, accomplishing the feat in his first 25 career games.
Leading by an 8-5 margin at halftime, the Hawks would later own an 11-9 advantage with 1:23 to go in the third quarter following a goal by Tomaszewski. Pace would stun the Hawks with six consecutive goals, building a 15-11 lead with 8:59 to go in regulation time. From there, Saint Anselm potted four of the game's final five goals but ultimately lost by just a one goal margin.
Saint Anselm built up a game-high lead of four goals with 4:41 left in the first half as Ward cashed in with a man-up strike. Ward and Cullinan each had two goals in the opening half with Tomaszewski tallying a goal and an assist to that point.
Tomaszewski opened the second half with a goal, but Pace found the back of the net six times in the third to tie the game at 11 heading into the fourth quarter. Pace ran its aforementioned streak to six goals with the first four goals of the final stanza, creating what proved to be an insurmountable deficit for the visitors.
Daniel Keenan paced the Setters with four goals and five assists for nine points (4-5=9). Bryce Clark won 20 of the game's 34 draws, securing 12 ground balls, and Wyatt Barfoot struck for three goals and an assist, putting home what proved to be the game-winning goal late in the fourth quarter.
Backstop Nick Richard (Hampstead, N.H.) made nine saves on 25 shots, drawing the loss. Sophomore CJ Hart (Reading, Mass.) played just over a minute in relief. Pace's Louis Ragusa made 11 saves on 26 shots, picking up his ninth victory of the year.