COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team cruised to a 16-6 victory over the host Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College on Tuesday at Duffy Field.
Saint Anselm, receiving votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association national coaches' poll, improves to 5-6 on the season and to 4-5 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Saint Michael's drops to 4-9 overall and to 1-8 versus league foes.
Seniors Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.) and Anthony Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) scored four goals and an assist, leading the Hawks offense. Sophomore Sean Tomaszewski (Arlington, Mass.) contributed three goals and classmate Matt Ward (Shrewsbury, Mass.) tallied two goals. Sophomore Ryan Richards (Mendon, Mass.) potted a goal and an assist and classmate Griffin Shoemaker (Shirley, Mass.) joined senior Matteo Olsen (Westford, Vt.) with single tallies.
Sweeney became the seventh student-athlete in program history to reach 150 career points of offense, finishing the day with 112 career goals and 40 assists. As a senior, Sweeney has a career-high 15 assists.
The Hawks opened up a 6-0 lead through the first quarter of action as Tomaszewski had a hat trick in the game's first 11:21. After Saint Michael's scored to lead off the second stanza, Busconi struck for two of his team's next three goals to create a 9-1 advantage heading into halftime. Through the opening 30 minutes of play, the Hawks enjoyed a 25-16 edge in shots taken.
The Purple Knights scored five goals in the second half, but the Hawks grew their lead to 10 goals on three separate occasions down the stretch. Freshman Tommy Ackil (Southborough, Mass.) and junior Matt Cullinan (Fairfield, Conn.) found their way onto the scoresheet in the final half of play, picking up assists on goals by Sweeney.
Senior Christopher Tully (Andover, Mass.) caused a team-best three turnovers on the day, leading a Hawks defense that yielded only six goals against. Classmate Nick Richard (Hampstead, N.H.) earned the start, making nine saves and allowing four goals before a fourth-quarter relief appearance by sophomore CJ Hart (Reading, Mass.), who made three saves.
Colin Steiger and Dante Wentz each scored two goals for Saint Michael's with Ralph Grillone cashing in with a goal and two assists. The Purple Knights' tandem of goaltenders allowed 16 goals and made 12 saves. Dominic Joy drew the loss, allowing five goals on six shots in the game's first 9:22 before coming out of the contest.
The Hawks conclude the regular season with back-to-back home games, taking on Assumption this Saturday, Apr. 20 at 12 p.m. on the Hilltop. Saint Anselm will host Senior Day on Tuesday, Apr. 23 prior to the game's first face-off at 4 p.m.