AMHERST, Mass. – Patrick Sweeney '19 and Anthony Busconi '19, formerly of the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team, will represent the Hawks at the annual New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All-Star Game on Friday.
Sweeney and Busconi will join 52 other student-athletes from New England men's lacrosse programs spanning NCAA Divisions I, II and III at Johnson & Wales (R.I.) University in a 6 p.m. contest. All of the participating student-athletes were nominated by head coaches and then selected a committee.
Sweeney, a three-time First Team All-NEILA pick, set 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 in his final season on the Hilltop, 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, the recipient of United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Honorable Mention All-America merits, finished 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.
Since 2009, Saint Anselm has been represented at the annual East-West game by 14 student-athletes.