Five from men's lacrosse earn NE10 All-Conference honors

MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team had five of its student-athletes named to the All-Conference rosters released by the Northeast-10 Conference office on Wednesday.

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Senior Anthony Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) became the program's first two-time recipient of First Team All-Conference honors with classmate Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.) picking up a spot on the league's Second Team alongside sophomore Thomas Mapstone (Andover, Mass.).

Senior Xavier Quinn (Rye, N.H.) was a Third Team selection and freshman Jack Wells (Melrose, Mass.) was recognized on the conference's All-Rookie Team.

Busconi has now won First Team All-Conference honors twice, finishing his season ranked second on the team with 38 points off of 28 goals and 10 assists (28-10=38), tallying at least one goal in all but one of his games as a senior. Scoring four goals in a game on two occasions, Busconi capped a solid career with a 12-game point scoring streak and finished the year ranked 13th in the NE10 in goals per game.

Busconi will depart with 135 career points (92-43=135), the eighth most in program history. His 92 goals as the sixth-most in team history and his 43 assists are the eighth-highest total. His 2.93 points per game is the sixth-most in program history.

Sweeney, a three-time Second Team All-Conference pick, set career-high marks in goals (40), assists (20), point scoring (60) and ground balls (23) as a senior, earning the start in all 14 of his team's games on the season. He tallied 2.86 goals and 4.29 points per game as a senior, ranking fifth and sixth in the conference, and scored two or more goals in all but three games on the season.

In 58 career games on the Hilltop, Sweeney finished a four-year career with 121 goals and 45 assists for 166 points (121-45=166), tying for fifth on the all-time points list. One of only five student-athletes to score at least 100 goals, Sweeney notched 45 assists to rank eighth on the all-time assists list. He departs with an active point-scoring streak of 34 consecutive games.

Mapstone, an All-Rookie Team pick in 2018, scooped up 44 ground balls as a sophomore, causing 11 turnovers on defense for the Hawks. Appearing in all but one of his team's games on the season, he picked up at least three ground balls in 10 games and logged a season-high total of six against Saint Rose on Apr. 23.

Across a 29-game career, Mapstone has picked up 83 ground balls and caused 23 turnovers, committing only 19 miscues. He has tallied four goals and two assists for six points (4-2=6) on offense.

Quinn was fifth on the team in point scoring, scoring 17 times and adding 14 assists for a career-high 31 points (17-14=31). Tallying at least one point in all but one game, he posted three goals and two assists for five points (3-2=5) against Saint Rose on Apr. 23 and had an eight-game goal scoring streak from Mar. 21 to Apr. 13.

In 56 games, Quinn scored 54 goals with 33 assists for 87 points (54-33=87) with 44 ground balls. He received the department's prestigious Charles J. Quinn Sportsmanship Award honors at the End of the Year Highlights & Awards Presentation – the award is issued to a student-athlete who best exemplifies and demonstrates the values of sportsmanship, on and off the playing surface.

As a freshman, Wells scored eight goals with five assists for 13 points (8-5=13) in his first 13 career games. After scoring his first collegiate goal against No. 1 Adelphi on Mar. 16, he logged a hat trick against Post on Mar. 23 and finished his first year on the Hilltop with a point in each of his final three games. Defensively, he posted a ground ball in each of his first seven games played.

Saint Anselm, receiving votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, capped its season with a 7-7 overall record after qualifying for the NE10 postseason for the fourth consecutive season.