MANCHESTER, N.H. – Freshman Michael Coffey scored on his collegiate debut and senior Jack Heintzelman added an insurance goal as the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team blanked the University of New Haven 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Melucci Field.
Coffey scored shortly before halftime and just minutes after entering the game to give Saint Anselm (3-5-1, 3-4-0 NE10) a 1-0 advantage at the break. Heintzelman added his third goal of the year a little over 10 minutes into the second half to give the Hawks a two-goal cushion and Jacob Rostkowski kept New Haven (2-9-0, 2-5-0 NE10) off the board with a four-save shutout.
The win was Saint Anselm's first against New Haven since a 4-1 victory back on Oct. 17, 2009. The Chargers were 5-0-2 in the last seven meetings with the Hawks.
In his first action of the season after being sidelined with an injury, Coffey entered the game in the 34th minute and, just over seven minutes later, put the Hawks on top. In the 41st minute, Emmet O'Callaghan went past a defender on the left and squared the ball for Coffey to turn in from close range.
Saint Anselm outshot New Haven 8-5 in the opening half and led 1-0 at the break on Coffey's goal. The Hawks went on to double their advantage in the 56th minute on a Heintzelman header. Jacob Lovely earned his first-career point by whipping in a cross from the right and Heintzelman sent a thumping header into the back of the net, with O'Callaghan earning his second assist of the game as well.
Felipe Bispo and O'Callaghan had chances to extend the Saint Anselm lead even further in the final 12 minutes. Bispo rifled a shot from a tight angle on the right that was saved by Stefano Lorusso in the 79th minute. Five minutes later, O'Callaghan was sprung through on goal but, after rounding Lorusso, a New Haven defender recovered to block his shot in front of goal.
Rostkowski earned his first Saint Anselm shutout and improved to 2-0-1 on the season with four saves in the game. Lorusso made six stops for the Chargers but took the loss.
Next up for Saint Anslem is a trip to nationally-ranked Merrimack for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The Warriors are ranked No. 20 in this week's national rankings.