WALTHAM, Mass. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team suffered a 10-8 loss to the Falcons from Bentley University on Saturday in a key Northeast-10 Conference fixture for both teams.
Saint Anselm, ranked 20th in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division II Coaches' Poll, falls to 4-6 overall on the year and to 3-5 against NE10 foes. Bentley, a program receiving votes in the USILA poll, moves to 8-2 overall and to 6-2 against league opponents, locking up a postseason berth with the result.
Sophomores Sean Tomaszewski (Arlington, Mass.) and Matt Ward (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored twice in the losing effort while senior Xavier Quinn (Rye, N.H.) led the team in point scoring, notching a goal and two assists. Senior Anthony Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) logged a goal and an assist with sophomore Ryan Richards (Mendon, Mass.) and senior Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.) also finding the back of the net in the loss.
With an assist, Busconi has cracked the program's all-time leaderboard, ranking 10th all-time with 40 helpers to his credit. He enters the team's next game needing only one additional point on offense to enter Saint Anselm's top-10 list for career point scoring.
Down by a 7-6 margin following a Bentley goal to begin the third quarter, Ward and Tomaszewski brought the game even with goals to bring both teams into the final stanza tied at eight. A stout Falcons defense limited Saint Anselm to six shots without a goal in the final quarter as late strikes by Matt Brooks and Kristopher Campbell put Bentley ahead for good.
Tomaszewski put the Hawks ahead in the first minute prior to back-to-back Bentley goals. The Hawks captured the one-goal lead once again shortly thereafter with goals from Quinn and Ward, creating a 3-2 lead with 6:30 to go in the first quarter. The Falcons fired off three of the first quarter's final four goals, taking a 5-4 lead into the second.
Each team scored twice in the second quarter, bringing the Bentley one goal lead into halftime. Through the game's first 30 minutes, Bentley held a commanding 28-to-16 edge in shots taken and had picked up 20 of the game's 33 ground balls to that point. Saint Anselm did enjoy a nine-to-six edge at the face-off "X".
Sophomore Allen Jarabek (Fall River, Mass.) finished the day with a 13-for-22 mark on draws for the Hawks, leading the way with nine ground balls for Saint Anselm. Defenseman Thomas Mapstone (Andover, Mass.) and midfielder Matteo Olsen (Westford, Mass.) led the Hawks on defense with three ground balls apiece.
Sophomore CJ Hart (Reading, Mass.) drew the tough-luck loss, making nine saves in relief but yielding the game-winning goals in the fourth quarter. Senior Nick Richard (Hampstead, N.H.) played the game's first 24:54, allowing seven goals on 12 shots.
Bentley, led by a two-goal, two-assist performance from Alex Astarita, was backstopped by an 11-save performance by Michael Haggan in goal. Matthew Mulcahy caused two turnovers on defense for the Falcons, who saw a game-high five ground balls picked up by Campbell.
Saint Anselm heads into its final three games of the regular season starting this Tuesday, facing Saint Michael's at 3:30 p.m. in Vermont.