AMHERST, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team was well represented on the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's All-New England Team for NCAA Division II, released on Tuesday.
Senior Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.), senior Anthony Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) and sophomore Thomas Mapstone (Andover, Mass.) earned First Team distinction with senior Xavier Quinn (Rye, N.H.) and classmate Matteo Olsen (Westford, Vt.) securing Second Team merits.
Sweeney, a three-time First Team All-NEILA pick, earned one of three attackman spots after setting career-high marks in goals (40), assists (20), point scoring (60) and ground balls (23) as a senior. 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.
Busconi, one of four First Team midfielders, has now earned All-New England honors twice, finishing his senior 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 Northeast-10 Conference 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.
Mapstone, an NE10 All-Rookie Team pick in 2018, scooped up 44 ground balls as a long-stick midfielder, 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, a midfielder who was also a Second Team selection in 2018, 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.
Olsen, the Second Team's lone short-stick defenseman, ranked third on the Hawks with 36 ground balls across 14 games played. Forcing eight turnovers on the season, Olsen caused two opposing miscues on three occasions and scored his lone goal of the season at Saint Michael's on Apr. 16 in his team's 16-6 victory.
Across a 47-game career on the Hilltop, Olsen has scored eight goals and tallied five assists for 13 points (8-5=13), reeling in 83 ground balls and causing 22 turnovers. He earned 24 starts for the Hawks in his junior and senior campaigns after beginning his Saint Anselm career as a key reserve.
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.