MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.) of the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team scored four goals and added as many assists to propel the Hawks to a 12-10 victory over nationally-ranked Assumption College on Saturday.
Needing a victory to remain in the hunt for a Northeast-10 Conference postseason berth, the Hawks improved to 6-6 overall on the year and to 5-5 against NE10 foes. Assumption, ranked 19th in NCAA Division II by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), fall to 8-6 while matching the Hawks with a 5-5 record in the league.
Many win-loss scenarios by NE10 teams in the coming days would lock up a berth in the NE10 postseason for Saint Anselm, but the Hawks would have greater control of their destiny with a victory at home against Saint Rose this Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 4 p.m. Saint Anselm will recognize its senior student-athletes as part of a pregame Senior Day ceremony.
Sweeney exited the day with 35 goals and 19 assists for 54 points (35-19=54), setting a new single-season high for point scoring. He needs only two goals to set a single season record and his 19 assists is already a personal-best total to date. With one additional point of offense, he would crack the program's top-10 list of single-season point scorers.
Sophomore Sean Tomaszewski (Arlington, Mass.) logged two goals and an assist with sophomore Ryan Richards (Mendon, Mass.) recording two goals to help the winning effort, matching a career-high in single-season point scoring with 14. Senior Anthony Busconi (Watertown, Mass.), sophomore Griffin Shoemaker (Shirley, Mass.) and freshman Jack Wells (Melrose, Mass.) each found the back of the net once.
Sophomore Matt Ward (Shrewsbury, Mass.) cashed in with two assists and senior Xavier Quinn (Rye, N.H.) scored the 50th goal of his career, matching a career-high mark with 23 points on offense (13-10=23). Sophomore Allen Jarabek (Fall River, Mass.) won 10 draws, picking up four ground balls to match Shoemaker and sophomore Thomas Mapstone (Andover, Mass.) for the team lead.
Assumption got on the scoreboard first, but Sweeney tallied back-to-back goals to create a 2-1 advantage shortly into the first quarter. After the second goal of the game from Assumption's Dan Farrell, the Hawks fired off three consecutive goals to build a 5-2 bulge to conclude the first quarter of play.
The Greyhounds took advantage of back-to-back Hawks penalties to begin the second quarter, using two man-up goals from Owen Peterson III and an even-strength marker from Travis Reid to draw the score even at 5-5 with 9:54 to go in the opening half.
Saint Anselm assumed the lead for good down the stretch in the first half, scoring four goals leading into halftime. Ahead by a 9-5 margin at the break, Assumption fired five of the second half's eight goals, but the Hawks held on for a two-goal margin of victory thanks to the late scoring run to cap the first half.
Senior Nick Richard (Hampstead, N.H.) made 12 saves for the Hawks, yielding only 10 goals to earn the win for Saint Anselm. Colby Hamwey stopped 13 of the 25 shots he faced, drawing the loss for Assumption. John DeMott came in to play for 15 seconds after a brief Hamwey departure due to injury.
The teams fired exactly 48 shots in the game and the Hawks held a 27-to-26 edge in ground balls. Both teams committed 14 turnovers and Assumption won 15 of the game's 25 face-offs. The Greyhounds also scored on all three of its extra-man opportunities. The Hawks were successful on 17-of-18 clearance attempts, with the only failed clear coming on a late heave downfield as time ran out in the first half.